Casting: James Franco Honors 'The Room,' Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon Buddy Up, and More

Casting: James Franco Honors 'The Room,' Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon Buddy Up, and More

May 09, 2014

— We’re all still recovering from news about James Franco’s latest acquisition. The actor optioned the rights to Greg Sestero‘s book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room about the making of one of cinema’s “worst” movies, The Room. We won’t even begin to describe the perplexing plot of the 2003 oddity. It involves a melodramatic love triangle and a set of outrageously terrible performances — particularly from director Tommy Wiseau, who has to be seen to be believed.

We wondered if Franco's involvement meant he would take on the role of the bizarre filmmaker. Sure enough, it looks like the Spring Breakers star will most likely be playing Wiseau in the adaptation. Seth Rogen is tackling the role of producer for the film. The actor recently talked more about the remake during his appearance on the Opie and Anthony show. Rogen’s assessment of Wiseau’s response to The Room as an object of ridicule makes us want to cry:

"What’s interesting is he’s had to restructure his thoughts on it to some degree. Because he wants the acclaim and attention but all that’s associated with somewhat acknowledging that it sucks s**t. So I think he’s kind of in a weird position where he goes to the Q&As and introduces the screenings and I think now he kind of pretends, 'Oh, it’s a dark comedy' or something like that. But it’s so clear that he’s wounded and torn. Which is interesting also — a guy who has to go around and perpetuate something that’s being received for all the wrong reasons, basically."

For more where that came from, here’s a video of the segment. [Spotted via SlashFilm]

 

— We need more female-buddy action films in our life, particularly those with a comedic slant and featuring smart talent. It looks like we’ll be able to count on MGM’s latest project for our fix, in a film starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara. They’re set to appear in the studio’s Don’t Mess with Texas, scheduled for a May 8, 2015 release date. THR describes it as such:

The movie centers on an uptight, by-the-book cop (Witherspoon) who is trying to protect the sexy and outgoing widow of a drug boss (Vergara) as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

Yes, please. If you don’t love Witherspoon in Election, where she played a similar high-strung, goody-two-shoes character, we doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.

 

Judd Apatow seems to be a divisive talent. He provokes as much ire as the show he produces, HBO’s Girls, but also has a devoted following — those who have loved him since his Freaks and Geeks days. He certainly gets people talking, and the filmmaker will be featuring a lot of big names in his newest project. In Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer, it was just revealed that we can look forward to seeing NBA star Lebron James alongside iconic rapper Method Man. WWE superstar John Cena is also in the film.

The July 2015 film will costar Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Barkhad Abdi, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, Vanessa Bayer, Ezra Miller and Tilda Swinton. It’s an eclectic lineup, but filled with a lot of promise. Trainwreck is about “a basket case who tries to rebuild her life.” It's a well-worn device, but with talent like this on board, we're expecting some decent funnies.

 

 

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