Seth Rogen, Oscar Nominee James Franco to Star In ‘The Interview,’ A Comedy About North Korea

James Franco and Seth Rogen
The acting duo will be starring in the comedy "The Interview". Reuters

Seth Rogen is taking over Hollywood.

Not only will the 30-year-old funnyman have a starring role in the new film “The Interview,” but he will also be directing and producing the film, The Hollywood Reporter announced Thursday.

Rogen, who is known for working with the same actors repeatedly, is bringing his “Pineapple Express” co-star James Franco, 34, on board.

“The Interview” features Franco as talk show host and Rogen as his producer as they find themselves in turmoil after getting involved in a plot to assassinate the prime minister of North Korea.

The comedy will be the third film the pair have starred in together. Franco and Rogen first appeared in the television series “Freaks and Geeks” in 1999.

The release date of the film is unknown.

The highly anticipated apocalyptic comedy “This is the End,” starring Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel and Paul Rudd of “Knocked Up,” Craig Robinson, Danny McBride of “Pineapple Express” and “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson is already garnering generous buzz.

The film mocks the 2012 Mayan apocalypse phenomenon, following six friends trapped in a home after natural catastrophes destroy Los Angeles.

The red-band trailer for "This is the End" is NSFW.

Early screenings of the film, which will be released this summer, have already been set in motion and according to Rogen’s Twitter feed, reviews are positive.

“Saw early screenings of “This is the End” and laughed my ass skinny. It’s a hit homes!” said commenter Jon Ryder.

Rogen currently has two other projects in pre-production, a frat boy comedy “Townies" with Zac Efron and the animated film “B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations” about a ghost going to school to improve his haunting abilities.

Rogen’s latest release, “The Guilt Trip,” with Barbra Streisand resulted in small-scale box office gross and negative reviews for the star.

“I found the journey more depressing than uplifting and kept wishing one of them would do the other one in. I wasn’t even fussy about which one,” said The Daily Mail earlier this month.

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