James Franco can toggle between blockbusters, indies, comedies and dramas without a missing a beat. Later this month, he’ll appear in “Why Him?” but if you’re looking for something slightly edgier from the actor, you’ll want to seek out “Burn Country.”

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Directed by Ian Olds and featuring a strong cast including Dominic Rains, Melissa Leo, Rachel Brosnahan and Thomas Jay Ryan, the film follows Osman, a former fixer for Western journalists reporting on the war in Afghanistan. He lands in a small bohemian town in Northern California, living on the couch of his friend’s mother and working as a crime reporter for the local newspaper. Restless and eager to penetrate the mysteries of his new home, he strikes out on his own, befriending the unstable hot tub craftsman Lindsay and an elusive local actress Sandra, and winds up traversing dangerous backwoods territory. As you’ll see in this clip, Franco’s Lindsay is certainly a spirited personality.

“Burn Country” opens on December 9th.