Dave Franco to star alongside James Franco in The Disaster Artist
Monday 9 Jun 2014 10:16 a.m.
Dave Franco and Tommy Wiseau (Instagram/James Franco)
As if 2003's cult hit The Room wasn't strange enough, the upcoming film about its creation looks set to take things to a whole new level.
The Room had one of its monthly screenings in Los Angeles last night, curated by the film's star, director, writer and producer Tommy Wiseau.
To the crowd's delight, actor Dave Franco stood up during a Q&A session and asked: "Tommy, how do you feel about me playing Greg Sestero in the movie?"
The crowd erupted into cheers.
"That's what I say: It's a good choice!" said Wiseau.
Wiseau's Room co-star Greg Sestero wrote a behind-the-scenes book about the making of The Room last year, called The Disaster Artist.
Shortly after it was published, Seth Rogen's production company bought the film rights to Sestero's book. Since then, James Franco has come on board to direct, and has indicated multiple times he will play Tommy Wiseau.
If last night is anything to go by, it now appears James Franco's younger brother Dave Franco will play Tommy's best friend (and author of The Disaster Artist) Greg Sestero.
Like Rogen's 2013 film, This Is The End, The Disaster Artist appears to be turning into some kind of Hollywood in-joke the rest of us will eventually get to share.
After giving his approval, Wiseau urged Dave Franco to come on stage, to which Franco replied, "No way!"
"I didn't want to say it, but it happened, so. He's a good guy," Wiseau told the crowd in his typical garbled manner.
When another audience member asked Wiseau if he'd read The Disaster Artist, Wiseau said he had, and agreed with "about 50 percent of it".
He said, "Greg is a talented guy, but you know, whatever".
3News Online Entertainment editor Daniel Rutledge was at the screening, and says it was a surreal thing to behold.
"A few people pushed at what he thought of the book being turned into a film, but Wiseau was coy and typically unreadable about it. But [he] didn't seem totally into the idea, far from it," says Rutledge.
"Tommy also did a hilariously bad impersonation of James Franco, and took a slight dig at Dave's recent film Neighbors [released as Bad Neighbours in New Zealand], for taking the same name as his upcoming project The Neighbours."
Rutledge says Dave Franco was joined in the crowd by Superbad's "Mc'Luvin" actor, Christopher Charles Mintz-Plasse.
"The crowd was especially passionate last night. I've seen The Room in LA before, but this was the most active and enthusiastic crowd, and had by far the funniest heckles. It was the eleventh anniversary of the film playing in LA and it was a once-in-a-lifetime cinematic experience," says Rutledge.
Wiseau spent the rest of the Q&A session clearing up other facts about the film he made 11 years ago. This included clarification about the mental state of one of the film's actors, Denny.
"Oh, before I forgot, Denny is retarded by the way," said Wiseau.