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James Franco's Movie About 'The Room' Gets Its First Trailer

By Kristy Puchko | Trailers | July 18, 2017 |

By Kristy Puchko | Trailers | July 18, 2017 |

Both the independently made drama The Room and its writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau are infamous, the movie for being dubbed one of the worst of all-time, the man for being an absolute mystery and next-level eccentric. It’s little wonder James Franco is fascinated by both. And in The Disaster Artist, he goes full Wiseau, applying facial prosthetics, a lank black wig, and a confounding accent to play the man, the myth, the legend.

Check out the teaser for the movie that had SXSW audiences yowling:

The Disaster Artist is based on the best-selling tell-all penned by The Room’s star and Wiseau’s best friend Greg Sestero (played by Dave Franco in the above film). (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber wrote the adapted screenplay, while James Franco directed the bizarre biopic, and brought along a long list of his famous friends to join in on the shenanigans, including Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, and Josh Hutcherson.

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Things were looking bad for Franco’s latest directorial effort when Warner Bros dumped the option to distribute it domestically, just ahead of its world premiere at SXSW. But once the “work-in-progress” screened to largely rave reviews, A24 came to the rescue. The distributor has fast become a favorite of cinephiles by releasing such unique and thrilling films as Under The Skin, Obvious Child, Ex Machina and The Witch. So they seem a great fit for a movie that’s made for a niche audience. And A24 gets it, as is made clear with The Disaster Artist’s cheeky poster.


The Distaster Artist will hit theaters December 1st.

Kristy Puchko reviewed The Disaster Artist out of SXSW. It was an uneasy experience you can read about here.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.