While the book reveals some fascinating behind-the-scenes tidbits about the making of the movie, it also goes into detail about the unlikely, odd friendship between Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, and based on the first full trailer for The Disaster Artist, it appears that the film adaptation will have the same focus. (The underlying joke is that, for majority, it will become the only movie they're known for.) The sweetness at The Disaster Artist's core is the friendship between Wiseau and Sestero, played by Franco's brother Dave, which functions much the way the relationship between an eccentric director and his star does in Ed Wood-as a reminder that the protagonists' lack of talent and/or self-awareness should not deny the possibility of empathizing with them.
The Disaster Artist tells the insane true story about Tommy Wiseau's quest to create The Room - a project he cared deeply about and thought would be a masterpiece, but wound up being, well, not so great. "And he said, 'Why are you laughing?' I said, 'I don't know, dude". He's weird, he's arrogant, and he has no business writing, directing, and starring in a movie, but we kind of love him anyway, especially because Franco leans into his vulnerabilities. Franco's brother Dave Franco portrays co-star and friend Sestero. The film was produced by Franco, Vince Jolivette, Seth Rogen, James Weaver, and Evan Goldberg.
Expect this to be a serious awards season contender. Watching the above trailer, we get it.
By keeping the focus on the emotions of its lead characters, The Disaster Artist finds a surprising honesty that goes far beyond simple appreciation for The Room. The movie will hit theaters on December 1.
Sometimes life imitates art, and sometimes art imitates, well, The Room. Rather than exist as the butt of the joke, he decided to make the joke his own.
Filmed like an inspirational biopic about a heartwarming rags-to-riches story, The Disaster Artist will show Wiseau's rise to unconventional fame in the most delightful way it could. On Tuesday, Franco released the first full-length look at The Disaster Artist, and it's quite possibly the best trailer of the year.