The film adaptation of author Neil Strauss’ bestselling novel The Game has been picking up traction lately and being a big fan of the book, I couldn’t be more excited.
Today we get news that actor James Franco may be gearing up to star in the film. Franco would be playing the character of Mystery, a self-proclaimed master pick up artist. The real life Mystery may be familiar to some audiences as he once had his own television show on VH1.
The Game, for those unfamiliar with it, tells the true story of Strauss’ experiences in the underground community of pick up artists. It’s a fascinating read and thoroughly entertaining.
Check out the plot summary below.
Hidden somewhere, in nearly every major city in the world, is an underground seduction lair. And in these lairs, men trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to charm women. This is not fiction. These men really exist. They live together in houses known as Projects. And Neil Strauss, the bestselling author, spent two years living among them, using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity. The result is one of the most explosive, witty, and controversial books of the year–guaranteed to change the lives of men and transform the way women understand the opposite sex forever. On his journey from AFC (average frustrated chump) to PUA (pick-up artist) to PUG (pick-up guru), Strauss not only shares scores of original seduction techniques but also has memorable encounters with the likes of Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Heidi Fleiss, and Courtney Love. And then things really start to get strange – and passions lead to betrayals lead to violence. The Game is the story of one man’s transformation from frog to prince to prisoner in the most unforgettable book of the year.
Personally, I can’t see Franco as Mystery. I’ve read the book and seen Mystery’s television show and I really don’t see Franco succeeding in the role. Honestly, I think he’d be better suited for Strauss, although even then, I’d have a whole list of people who I’d want to see as Strauss before I would ever put Franco in the role.
Do you think Franco is good for the part of Mystery? Let us know in the comments.