Hollywood actor James Franco is heading back to the small screen with a recurring role in Tv comedy The Mindy Project.

The Spider-Man star has been cast as Paul Leotard, a fashion model-turned-doctor who replaces actress Mindy Kaling's gynaecologist character in her clinic when she goes abroad on a volunteer mission.

Franco's multi-episode arc will air in September (13) but it's not the hunk's first time on Tv - his breakthrough role was on cult comedy Freaks and Geeks, and he also appeared in daytime soap General Hospital.