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09th Mar 2023

Bob Odenkirk set to star in remake of Tommy Wiseau’s ‘The Room’

Rory Fleming

Bob Odenkirk

Better Call Bob Odenkirk.

Actor Bob Odenkirk has announced that he is set to star in a remake of the 2003 cult film The Room, with the Breaking Bad star set to undertake the lead role of Johnny.

The lead of the acclaimed Better Call Saul series confirmed the news himself via his Twitter account on Wednesday, in response to media speculation surrounding his part in the remake.

Odenkirk with his Better Call Saul co-stars.

‘Best worst movie ever made’

“This is real. This is true,” Odenkirk tweeted on Wednesday evening. “And let me tell you, I tried my best to SELL every line, as honestly as I could…and I had a BLAST.”

The Room itself enjoys a niche following in the online movie-fan community, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 26% for the 2003 original which bombed at the box office upon its’ release.

“This is the best worst movie ever made. It is filled with hilariously bad acting and incredibly crappy dialogue”, said one online movie reviewer.

Tommy Wiseau wrote and directed the 2003 original.

Whilst another befuddled fan wrote that “I won’t deny that The Room is a bad movie, but it’s so fantastically entertaining and watchable (albeit for all the wrong reasons)”.

Reports have not just confirmed Odenkirk’s involvement in the reboot, but have also muted that the remake will be done so in conjunction with the Acting For A Cause organisation, a charitable project which seeks to raise money for various causes by asking for donations tied to digital performances.

The organisation also released the first images of Bob Odenkirk in The Room, with the stills seemingly confirming many fans suspicions that much of the film was shot using green screen technology.

This rebooting of the cult-classic will be one of Odenkirk’s first projects since the finale of Better Call Saul, which came to an end last August after a six season run which saw the actor receive five Academy Award nominations for best actor in a television drama series.

The 60-year-old is also set to attend this weekend’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, hoping to finally claim the aforementioned award which has eluded him on four previous occasions.

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