Ever since news broke that James Franco would be bringing The Disaster Artist – a tell-all book about the making of infamously so-bad-it’s-brilliant film The Room – to the big screen, we’ve been waiting with spoons at the ready (if you’re unfamiliar with the traditions and cult following behind Tommy Wiseau’s epic, read up on it here).
Finally the first trailer is upon us, and not only is it hilarious (who would have expected anything less) but it manages to combine the cringe factor of the original with an entirely new level of humor in the remaking of its iconic scenes. In a case of art imitating life imitating art, Franco plays the mysterious Wiseau while also directing the film, just like the real man himself. Apparently Franco even directed the movie while speaking in Wiseau’s “true ragin’ Cajun” twang, because why not?
However, the real talk of the town is how great the film and Franco’s performance are, with many touting “Oscar contender” already. Leading the charge is Lonely Island member Jorma Taccone, who tweeted The Academy telling them to pay attention, claiming that “James Franco deserves an Oscar for The Disaster Artist, no joke.” That would in fact bring Wiseau and The Room‘s story full circle, so we can only hope.
The Disaster Artist arrives in cinemas on December 8.
For another so-bad-it’s-good outing, check out Tyler, the Creator-approved film, Troll 2.