First ‘The Disaster Artist’ Trailer: James Franco is Tommy Wiseau

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“Oh, hi Mark!”

Yes, James Franco is playing the director, writer and star of one of the worst films of all time, The Room.

A24 has dropped the first trailer for The Disaster Artist, the upcoming Franco-directed-and-starring film that tells of how Tommy Wiseau made a film so poor… that it went on to gather quite the cult following. The cast includes Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Zoey Deutch and Alison Brie.

This fascinating true story could make for a great film, and it looks like we could have just that – at least according to the early reviews that came from SXSW’s work-in-progress screening (check out the festival’s Q&A with Franco and the cast, plus Wiseau, right HERE). Apparently Franco and co. aren’t playing this one purely for laughs, with many critics commending the film for its genuine pathos. Perhaps it’s not just a comedy about a guy making a bad movie, but a comedy about a guy with a dream and the drive to accomplish it – no matter the shortcomings at hand.

The teaser trailer doesn’t offer up too much, instead focusing on an amusing scene with Wiseau (Franco) trying to remember some basic lines. We’ve included the actual scene from The Room beneath the trailer for comparison’s sake. Be sure to hit the comments section below and let us know what you think of it all.

Time will tell if The Disaster Artist, which also stars Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver, Ari Graynor, and Jason Mantzoukas, will gather Franco wide attention as a director. It’s interesting to note that the multi-hyphenate has either directed or co-directed over 13 (!) features.

In the U.S. the film will open in limited release on December 1 before going wide on December 8.

Synopsis for The Disaster Artist:

A delightful tribute to the joy and madness of making movies, The Disaster Artist follows the outrageous adventures of eccentric filmmaker Tommy Wiseau and his best friend, actor Greg Sestero. These two endearing misfits move to L.A. and try to live the Hollywood dream by making their very own feature film, but end up embarking on a wildly unpredictable and hilariously unforgettable production. Leading to one of the most infamous, bizarre, and beloved midnight movies of all time, The Room.