James Franco Will Play the Him in ‘Why Him?’
James Franco has become one of our most prolific actors/directors/writers/artists/deli meat purveyors (probably)—he is, in the parlance of the Full House theme song, everywhere you look. Not only is he starring in Hulu’s upcoming Stephen King miniseries 11/22/63, but he’ll also appear in the new comedy Why Him? from co-writer Nicholas Stoller and the director of I Love You, Man.
The Wrap reports that Franco is in negotiations to star in Why Him?, which centers on a father who decides to take his family on a trip to Stanford to visit his eldest daughter in college. That’s when he meets her new boyfriend, an internet billionaire, and the two become competitive over the young woman’s interests. Franco would play the internet billionaire because of course he would.
Why Him? was co-written by Ian Helfer and Nicholas Stoller, the latter of whom is best known for his screenplays for Get Him to the Greek and the recent Muppet movies. Director John Hamburg helmed I Love You, Man, a somewhat overlooked but incredibly hilarious film. He also directed the Ben Stiller–Jennifer Aniston comedy Along Came Polly (another underrated gem), as well as episodes of The New Girl and Stella.
Franco recently starred in the needlessly controversial film The Interview with Seth Rogen, and has several projects hitting theaters this year, including Sundance premieres I Am Michael and True Story, and the upcoming Werner Herzog film Queen of the Desert, opposite Nicole Kidman.