Tommy Wiseau Wanted Johnny Depp to Play Him in 'The Disaster Artist'

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A United Kingdom release date for The Disaster Artist is yet to be announced.

The real life story of writer/director Tommy Wiseau, the man behind what is often referred to as "The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies", The Room, is brought to life, chronicling the odd film's troubled development and eventual cult success. You loved movies. You didn't live tweet films, or watch bad movies ironically, or EVER forget to keep your Letterboxd account up to date.

James Franco, who steps into the Wiseau role, directed The Disaster Artist from a screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based on the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.

Rogen and the Franco brothers have collaborated on numerous projects throughout the years. In the movie's most poignant scene, an acting teacher tells Wiseau that with his accent and his looks, he's best suited to villain types, and Tommy insists, "I'm hero".

Franco directs and stars as Wiseau, a Polish immigrant who moved to Hollywood to become the next big thing. The way Wiseau approached the making of The Room was, at times, frustrating. Josh Hutcherson and Zac Efron play actors in The Room. When Greg Sestero suggested that Franco should star in the film, Tommy Wiseau was fine with it.

The Disaster Artist is about that ownership and how the path there came from the friendship between Wiseau and Sestero. This just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to a standing ovation.

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