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It’s been nearly 15 years since Tommy Wiseau directed and starred in cult classic The Room, which became known by many as one of the worst films of all time due to its odd style of filmmaking, awkward acting performances and inconsistent narrative structure.
Now, Wiseau is reuniting with The Room star Greg Sestero in a new movie called Best F(r)iends.
Here, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively debuts a trailer for the project, which follows a man (Sestero) who meets a lonely mortician (Wiseau) who takes him on a wild journey.
The film came about when Sestero wrote a story that was inspired by a road trip he took with Wiseau in 2003. He brought the role of the mortician to Wiseau, who responded positively to the character.
“I think it’s a role that will really spotlight Tommy’s unique talent and charisma, while also setting up an unexpected and exciting reunion,” Sestero tells THR.
They quietly shot the film, directed by Gary Fong, in August and September in Los Angeles and Canada, keeping it mostly a secret until the first trailer (revealed above). The distribution plan is still in the works, but the filmmakers are aiming for a theatrical release.
“After watching Best F(r)iends, your mind will find paradise,” says Wiseau, whose unique accent and mannerisms can be seen in the first trailer. The project is repped by Matt Leipzig at Original Artists and Shelley Surpin at Surpin Mayersohn & Coghill.
New Line is currently making a film about the making of The Room, which is directed by and stars James Franco. In The Masterpiece (previously called The Disaster Artist), Franco will play the eccentric Wiseau, the director and star of the 2003 drama, which developed a strong cult following, including among celebrities, who loved it in a “so bad it’s good” way.
Sestero, who starred in The Room, and Tom Bissell wrote the 2013 nonfiction book The Disaster Artist, which chronicled the shoot. Sestero described his life as a struggling actor and what it was like to work with the mysterious and eccentric Wiseau, who had no filmmaking experience when he set out to write, direct and produce The Room, which centers on a man named Johnny whose fiancee, Lisa, cheats on him with his best friend, Mark.
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