Here’s Our First Official Look At James Franco’s ZEROVILLE

It looks like he's remaking BRONSON.

If you're a longtime Birth.Movies.Death. reader (some of you are straight-up BADOGs), you might recall Devin raving about a novel by the name of Zeroville several years ago. You might also recall, about a year after that, the announcement that James Franco would be directing an adaptation of the film. And if you remember that, then you definitely remember that time we saw a set photo of Seth Rogen's character, which turned out to be based - much like John Goodman's Walter Sobchak - on legendary Los Angeles madman John Milius.

I only sorta remembered all of this, which is why I bothered looking all these links up in the first place. Refresh your memories as needed.

Now that we're all caught up: today IndieWire's got our first official look at Zeroville. Here's what it looks like:

From left to right, that's: James Franco, Jackie Weaver, and Seth Rogen. IndieWire describes the plot thusly:

The film centers around Vikar (Franco), a film-obsessed architecture student who is mistaken for one of the perpetrators of the Manson murders. This L.A. newcomer also happens to have a picture of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift from "A Place In The Sun" tattooed on his head.

Rogen plays Viking Man, a cigar-chomping surf hippie who becomes Vikar's Hollywood guide. Weaver plays Dotty, a foul-mouthed industry veteran. 

Now that we've gotten all that out of the way: Franco looks totally like Tom Hardy in Bronson here, no? I mean, at a glance, this looks like it could be a production still from that film. And Rogen looks...well, kinda like John Goodman in The Big Lebowski, which I suppose only makes sense. Jackie Weaver's the real MVP here, though. Look how tiny and adorable she is! 

On top of these three, you're also getting Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Megan Fox, Joey King and Horatio Sanz. This is an eclectic-yet-funny-leaning cast, and I'm curious to see what the final product's like. I hadn't been thinking of Zeroville in terms of being a comedy, but it certainly seems like they've stacked the deck in that direction, no?

We await word on distribution plans for Zeroville. We'll keep ya updated.

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