Often referred to as the “Citizen Kane of bad movies,” Tommy Wiseau’s The Room wrote its name in cinema’s history books for all the wrong reasons back in 2003. A spluttering mess of plot holes and cringe-worthy dialogue, Wiseau’s self-confessed passion project – one which he wrote, directed and starred in – has since gone on to become something of a cult classic, and soon James Franco and Co. will introduce moviegoers to the story behind the so-called misguided masterpiece.
Its title? The Disaster Artist, a big-screen rendition of Greg Sestero’s novel of the same name. Those already familiar with Sestero’s source material will know all too well that the author pulls no punches in his autopsy of The Room, which is hardly surprising given he co-starred in the cult original as conflicted best friend Mark. Fast forward to 2017 and it is Dave Franco that will be playing the part of Mark, who can be seen alongside the older Franco via the new image above.
In honoring Tommy Wiseau’s creative process, James Franco also wrote and directed The Disaster Artist, presiding over a starry cast list that includes Ari Graynor is Juliette Danielle, Josh Hutcherson as Philip Haldiman, Andrew Santino as Scott Holmes, Jacki Weaver as Carolyn Minnott, Zac Efron as Dan Janjigian. Elsewhere, there are also roles for Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Sharon Stone, Bryan Cranston, Kate Upton, Hannibal Buress and Wiseau, who is said to have filmed a small cameo role for the movie.
This is a true story about the making of The Room – the cult classic described as the “Citizen Kane of bad movies”. The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco, is a buddy comedy about two outsiders chasing a dream. When the world rejects them, they decide to make their own movie – and it’s a movie so wonderfully awful due to its unintentional hilarious moments, meandering plots and terrible acting.
The Disaster Artist has been earmarked for a world premiere at next month’s SXSW 2017, so we fully expect to catch wind of a release window sooner rather than later.