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Watch James Franco Channel Tommy Wiseau In This New Trailer For 'The Disaster Artist'

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The Room, as you’re probably well aware by now, falls into that pantheon of movies-so-bad-that-they’re-good.

Nearly 15 years after its release, the film has shown that it’s got lasting value, with seemingly mundane lines still being quoted on the regular, and midnight screenings still drawing sizable crowds. Watching it, you’re struck with a sense of dissonance. The movie reaches a certain apex of badness, and the prevailing thought is that your chain is being yanked, and yet there’s an inkling that everything’s sincere. It’s perhaps this push and pull that keeps bringing us back to The Room.

Now, we’re getting a movie about writer/director Tommy Wiseau and the process by which he developed and starred in The Room. As we’d noted before, The Disaster Artist is based on the book of the same name, in which author Tom Bissell and actor Greg Sestero (who played Mark in The Room) recount the experiences of the labor of love labor. The movie stars James Franco as the enigmatic Wiseau, because of course.

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We’d gotten a teaser before, but a full trailer (above) has shed more light on the project. For one thing, we see that the flick has a shade of pathos to it, rather than being a full romp of straight-up slapstick and tomfoolery (though, yes, we get a fair share of that as well). We also get a sense that Franco isn’t making a total mockery of Wiseau; in a weird parallel, Franco’s commitment to channeling Wiseau seems to match Wiseau’s commitment to…whatever has most recently popped up in his head. Franco takes the Wiseau act even further, directing and producing The Disaster Artist, just as his idol had with The Room.

The trailer indicates that we’ll get the full arc of The Room’s existence, from the gestation period in which the script was hammered out in a cramped apartment, to the haphazard shooting process, to the cringey first screenings. Franco’s little bro, Dave, plays Sestero, and Seth Rogen plays a script supervisor whose job, it seems, is to be perpetually befuddled at what’s going on. The rest of the cast is stacked, too. Josh Hutcherson and Zac Efron play actors in The Room. There’ll also be appearances by Hannibal Buress, Alison Brie, Sharon Stone (!), and Melanie Griffith (!!).

The movie is set for a limited release on December 1, with a wide release coming on December 8.

Related: An Interview With Tommy Wiseau, Creator Of The Greatest Disasterpiece: 'The Room'