Broadway Vets Bryan Cranston and James Franco to Star in Upcoming Film
Ben Stiller, who has also appeared on Broadway, is attached to produce.
Bryan Cranston and James Franco, both of whom appeared on Broadway during the 2014 season, are set to star together in the upcoming film Why Him?, according to Variety. John Hamburg and Ian Helfer cowrote the script, and Hamburg is set to direct. Ben Stiller, another Broadway vet, is one of the producers attached to the film.
Why Him? is described as a comedy that explores what happens when a Midwestern dad travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, only to find himself in a battle for her affections with her new tech billionaire boyfriend.
During the 2014-15 season, Bryan Cranston won a Tony Award for his Broadway debut performance as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way, a role he'll be reprising in the upcoming HBO film version. James Franco also made his Broadway debut, starring as George opposite Chris O'Dowd as Lennie in the Of Mice and Men revival.
Also according to Variety, Franco and Cranston are working together on the upcoming film In Dubious Battle. Franco will be directing the movie, in which both he and Cranston will star.