James Franco has found the man to play actor Greg Sestero in his forthcoming adaptation of Sestero‘s 2013 book The Disaster Artist, which details the author’s involvement in the cult film The Room. Not that Franco had to look very far: According to 3 News, Franco’s brother Dave attended a Los Angeles screening of The Room over the weekend and, during a Q&A with the film’s mercurial writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau, asked him, “How do you feel about me playing Greg Sestero in the movie?” Wiseau responded by declaring, “That’s what I say: It’s a good choice.” James Franco seemed to confirm the casting news when he tweeted a photograph of Wiseau with his brother, which you can see above.
It was announced last February that James Franco would direct an adaptation of The Disaster Artist. Franco’s production company Rabbit Bandini is producing the film in cahoots with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Productions. In May, Rogen said that James Franco “might” play Wiseau himself.
The Room was originally released in 2003. Over the past decade, it has become beloved as a so-bad-it’s-hilarious cult classic. In a review of The Disaster Artist which James Franco wrote for VICE, the Oz the Great and Powerful star described Wiseau as “a lonely little boy who wants love. He, like so many people with stars in their eyes, sees film not only as a medium of expression, but the gate to acceptance. It is the place where his work will find like-minded people who will learn to love him through his work, not only because of it. This is the hope of most artists, and the book turns Tommy’s sometimes ridiculous struggle into a paradigm for those wishing to be creative in a world where it is usually too hard to be. In so many ways, Tommy c’est moi.”