Get your spoons ready. Now that he’s apparently finished slumming it with adaptations of novels by Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner, multi-multi-hyphenate James Franco is turning his attention to Tommy Wiseau’s singular corpus. Franco is directing and starring in “The Masterpiece,” a making-of drama about “The Room” adapted from Greg Sestero’s book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room.” If you’ve never seen it, “The Room” has been famously described as “the ‘Citizen Kane’ of bad movies” — the height of so-bad-it’s-good cinema.
A few images are all that’s available so far, but the complete cast has been announced. It’s surprisingly stacked: Seth Rogen co-stars as script supervisor Sandy Schklair, Franco’s brother Dave will play Sesteros and other roles will be played by Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, Hannibal Buress, Sharon Stone, Paul Scheer, Bryan Cranston, Jason Mantzoukas and Judd Apatow. (Before you ask, yes, Wiseau himself is said to make a cameo appearance.)
“The Masterpiece” formerly went by the book’s title, but has apparently been changed per the announcement of a test screening taking place in Los Angeles tonight. Said event is unlikely to be as raucous as midnight screenings of “The Room,” but who knows what the future holds?
To see what all the fuss is about, watch “The Room’s” trailer: