James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is already shaping up to be one of the most interesting films of the year, for better or worse. The movie tells the behind-the-scenes story of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, which is collectively agreed upon as being the worst movie ever made, and has achieved a cult status that few other titles would ever dream of. Franco is set to direct and star in the film as Wiseau, from a script written by 500 Days of Summer scribes Scottt Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.
Already boasting an all-star cast including James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Kate Upton, Josh Hutcherson, Arni Graynor, Hannibal Buress, Jacki Weaver, and more, the film looks to have added yet another incredible, recently Oscar-nominated actor to its roster.
Breaking Bad and Trumbo star Bryan Cranston has reportedly signed on for the film, and while very little details about his role are known, it’s likely that he’s playing one of the behind-the-scenes players in the story, rather than one of the unfortunate actors that were featured in The Room.
Greg Sestero (who wrote the book the film is based on) seemingly announced the casting earlier today on Facebook when he posted an image of Cranston with the Franco brothers and co-star Alison Brie. The post has since been deleted, but you can check out the image itself below:
Sestero also shared an on set image of Franco as Wiseau from the film, seemingly recreating the famous flower shop scene from the original movie:
It seems like Franco is going full force with this adaptation, and that’s a large part of The Disaster Artist‘s appeal. Much like how Ed Wood managed to turn a film about Hollywood’s worst director into a comedic underdog story, The Disaster Artist has the same opportunity here. Personally, while I think that the film itself will be very funny too (it’s hard not to be when talking about The Room), I hope that it is able to capture that same kind of heart and thematic story, rather than just being a star-studded parody of Wiseau’s tragic “masterpiece”.
I think having Neustadter and Weber as the screenwriters gives the film a better shot at making it that way too, and I hope that Franco doesn’t go too far into the tongue-and-cheek humor and tone, that he ends up making an essentially hollow project. He has yet to really break out as a director, so hopefully The Disaster Artist will be the vehicle that carries him into the directing mainstream.
The Disaster Artist does not currently have a release date.
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