When a film so bad becomes a treasured fluke, it usually means the director did something right. Tommy Wiseau‘s The Room, released in 2003, is the best example of a goddamn disaster of a movie that continues to maintain a cult following. With a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s still a mystery as to why people seem to love it.
A24 Films, whose impressive slate of films makes this independent company a cinema force to be reckoned with, announced a biographical comedy-drama flick about the production of The Room called The Disaster Artist, based on the behind the scenes book of the same name by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.
Much like The Room‘s Wiseau, The Disaster Artist was written, directed by, and stars James Franco. Today, A24 released the first teaser for the much anticipated film:
Previously this week, the company also released this poster ahead of the teaser, prompting several fans of The Room to say the poster displays more emotion than the rest of the original film as a whole.
The Disaster Artist also stars James’ brother Dave Franco as actor Greg Sestero, Seth Rogen as The Room‘s script supervisor Sandy Schklair, Josh Hutcherson will be Philip Haldiman, Hannibal Buress as Bill Meur, Alison Brie (Dave Franco’s wife) will be playing Amber, Melanie Griffith as Jean Shelton, Sharon Stone is Hollywood talent agent Iris Burton, and Zac Efron as Dan Janjigian.
There is also a long list of cameos listed for the film, featuring such notables as Judd Apatow, Bryan Cranston, Kristen Bell, Lizzy Caplan, J.J. Abrams, Zach Braff, and Adam Scott.
Currently sitting pretty with a score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes (based on just 12 reviews, probably all from the film’s premiere at South By Southwest), only time will tell if this film does better with audiences than the one it’s based on.
The Disaster Artist is set to hit select theaters on December 8th, 2017.