James Franco expected to play Tommy Wiseau in 'The Disaster Artist'

By Will Ashton,

In February, when James Franco optioned the rights to Greg Sestero's memoir The Disaster Artist, the biggest question that loomed over the movie's impending production was: who could possibly play Tommy Wiseau?

Wiseau is the infamous star, writer, director and producer of The Room, the now famously terrible movie that the book is based upon.

It now appears that the man who plans on producing and directing the film will also be playing the film's main character of interest, should these rumors be true.

When Seth Rogen, a producer on the film alongside Franco and Evan Goldberg, was on The Opie & Anthony Show while promoting Neighbors, he was asked who would play Wiseau. "I think Franco might play Tommy Wiseau," Rogen replied.

While this does not confirm anything, it does indicate the direction in which Franco is taking the movie.

Rogen went on to note that "this won't be an expensive movie."

"What’s interesting is he’s had to restructure his thoughts on it to some degree," Rogen said of The Room. "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."

To see Rogen's full comments on the upcoming film, check out the clip below:



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