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Actor James Franco poses for photographers as she arrives on the red carpet for the film Palo Alto at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival held from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.Andrew Medichini/The Associated Press

James Franco is no stranger to artistic experimentation – just look at the guy's résumé over the past few years. So it's probably no surprise that he jumped at the chance to star in Wim Wenders's latest movie, Everything Will Be Fine, which Franco describes as a "very slow drama" that is being shot in 3-D.

"He wanted to work with me, so I very quickly signed on," says Franco, who is in Toronto to promote his latest directorial effort, an adaption of the Cormac McCarthy novel Child of God.

"I like him because he's innovative in his own very quiet way," Franco says of Wenders, a German filmmaker who nabbed an Oscar nomination for his 2011 documentary Pina, about the late German choreographer Pina Bausch.

His newest movie, being shot in Montreal, stars Franco as a writer who accidentally kills a child. The movie tracks that event's impact on the man's life over the course of more than a decade.

It's hardly the type of material one would associate with 3-D, but that's part of the intriguing appeal for Franco.

"I'm excited to just be a part of this experiment because normally we think about 3-D for these big spectacles, so to use 3-D to what he says as 'revealing the characters souls' rather than just spectacle is really interesting," he says.