James Franco struggles to remember his lines in the first teaser trailer for the bizarre movie-within-a-movie.
“The Disaster Artist,” directed by and starring Franco, tells the story of Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room,” generally considered one of the worst films of all time, although it quickly became a cult favourite due to its awfulness.
Franco plays Wiseau, the movie’s oddly accented director/star, while his brother Dave Franco portrays Greg Sestero, the actor upon whose book “The Disaster Artist” is based. The memoir was adapted to screen by “(500) Days of Summer” writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.
Long-time Franco collaborator Seth Rogen also pops up as script supervisor Sandy Schklair, as well as a host of other familiar faces, including Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Paul Scheer, Jacki Weaver, Ari Graynor, and Jason Mantzoukas.
The trailer demonstrates the on-set difficulties that plagued “The Room”, exemplified by Wiseau’s inability to recall his lines: “I did not hit her. It’s not true. It’s bulls**t. I did not hit her. I did not. Oh, hi Mark.” In the teaser, the entire production crew coaches him through his dialogue, becoming visibly more frustrated with each take.
An early cut of the film premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and received a standing ovation and positive reviews, particularly in regards to Franco’s performance.
“The Disaster Artist” opens in limited release on Dec. 1, followed by a wide release on Dec. 8. Watch the trailer above.