Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has signed on to join James Franco in the upcoming 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him? We first reported on the project back in February, when James Franco signed on to star for producers Shawn Levy and Ben Stiller. Production is scheduled to begin this coming February in Los Angeles.
The story centers on a father (Bryan Cranston) from the Midwest who decides to travel with his family to visit their daughter at college over the holiday season. The dad gets quite a surprise when he meets her new tech billionaire boyfriend (James Franco). A bitter rivalry ensues between the father and his daughter's boyfriend that quickly spirals out of control.
John Hamburg (I Love You, Man) is directing Why Him? from a script he co-wrote with Ian Helfer (The Oranges). John Hamburg's other directorial credits include Safe Men and Along Came Polly. He also wrote the scripts for Zoolander and Meet the Parents.
Bryan Cranston and James Franco are also teaming up on the latter's next directorial effort, In Dubious Battle. They are both set to star in that project alongside Robert Duvall, Selena Gomez, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ed Harris and Danny McBride. Filming wrapped earlier this year on In Dubious Battle, but a release date has not been given yet.
Bryan Cranston will next be seen in Trumbo, a biopic where he portrays Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. He also lends his voice to Li, the long-lost father of Jack Black's Po in DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3. James Franco recently starred in True Story and Wild Horses, and he also lends his voice to The Little Prince.