Franco and Rogen Team Up to Assassinate Kim Jong-Un in New Trailer
The trailer for James Franco and Seth Rogen’s upcoming comedy about a talk show host and his producer sent to interview and then assassinate North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un has been released.
Franco plays David Skylark, the host of the trashy celebrity talk show Skylark Tonight, and Rogen plays the show’s producer, Aaron Rapoport. When the two learn that Kim Jong-Un is a fan of the show, they set up an interview with him in an attempt to become credible journalists. When the CIA learns that the pair will be meeting with the notorious dictator, the government agency assigns them the task of assassinating him. The trailer promises lots of ridiculousness and bromance, as have been seen in previous Rogen-Franco comedies.
The actors are frequent comedic collaborators, known for movies like Pineapple Express and This Is the End, as well as their famous parody of Kanye West’s “Bound 2″ music video that they recreated shot-for-shot, with Rogen playing Kim Kardashian and Franco playing Kayne. That video went viral and inspired West, who normally doesn’t take so kindly to people making fun of him, to invite the pair to perform at his recent nuptials to Kardashian, which Rogen and Franco politely declined.
Another project on the horizon for the duo is an adaptation of actor Greg Sestero’s memoir about the making of The Room, the 2003 film known as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” and widely considered to be the worst movie ever made. Franco’s Rabbit Bandini productions optioned the rights to Sestero’s recent book The Disaster Artist, which examines the weird story of the making of the film and the eccentric man behind it, writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau.
Franco is set to play Wiseau, and his younger brother Dave Franco will play Sestero. Wiseau and Sestero formed an unlikely friendship while working on the movie. In the book, Sestero tries to explain Wiseau’s weirdness and how the movie ended up being so horrible that it became compelling enough that audiences still line up for screenings 10 years after its release.
Rogen has also worked with the younger of the Franco brothers, as Dave co-starred alongside Rogen and Zac Efron in the recent hit Neighbors. That film’s $49 million debut last month marked one of the biggest opening weekends for an R-rated film. That movie’s performance bodes well for The Interview, which will likely also have an R rating and a similar style of raunchy humor. Efron’s involvement with Neighbors helped draw a female audience, and James Franco’s sex appeal could do the same for his film.
Rogen and the brothers Franco are also signed on for James’ upcoming adaptation of William Faulkner’s classic novel The Sound and the Fury. James is set to direct, adapt the screenplay from the novel, and star as the mentally challenged protagonist Benjy Compson. Dave is rumored to up for the role of Quentin Compson, and Rogen will take on a rare non-comedic role as one of the members of the doomed Compson family. The elder Franco’s similar effort last year to adapt Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying was a critical failure, but he seems to be giving it a go again, even though adapting the writer’s stream-of-conscious writing style is a tricky task that the actor hasn’t exactly shown himself to be adept at.
The Interview also stars Randall Park as Jong-Un and Masters of Sex’s Lizzy Caplan. The film is set to be released October 10.
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