Josh Hutcherson Boards James Franco’s Adaptation Of The Disaster Artist


With David and James Franco already on board, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that The Hunger Games and Divergent star Josh Hutcherson is in line to join The Disaster Artist, a making-of story that chronicles the infamous creation of The Room.

Based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s award-winning non-fiction novel of the same name, James Franco will direct and star in the feature as Tommy Wiseau, the idiosyncratic filmmaker that released cult thriller The Room in 2003, which is held up by many as one of the worst movies of all time. Now, more than a decade later, Franco and Co. are ready to tell the story behind the lens. At the time, Wiseau set out to write, direct and produce an offbeat drama with zero filmmaking experience, and the end result birthed a film that was considered to be so bad it was good.

For the uninitiated, the gist of The Room revolves around Johnny, an average Joe who finds his life upended when his wife-to-be Lisa cheats on him with his best friend, Mark (Dave Franco). No word yet on who Hutcherson will play in The Disaster Artist, though we do understand that he’ll join a cast that also includes regular Franco cohort Seth Rogen. As THR points out, Rogen and James Franco will also produce the feature alongside Evan Goldberg through their Point Grey Productions.

Now that Hutcherson is on the verge of joining The Disaster Artist, it’ll mark the third Franco-directed feature that the actor has enlisted for, with both In Dubious Battle and The Long Home expected to release in 2016 and 2017, respectively.