THE INTERVIEW Trailer: Seth Rogen and James Franco Have to Assassinate Kim Jong-un [Updated with Images]

     June 11, 2014


Sony has released the first The Interview trailer on the heels of the poster release earlier todayJames Franco and Seth Rogen star as a talk show host and his producer, respectively, who travel to North Korea to interview dictator Kim Jong-un and legitimize themselves as real journalists.  Their plans are upended when the CIA recruits them to instead assassinate Kim Jong-un.  The trailer makes it clear directors Rogen and Evan Goldberg are willing to go big and broad to serve the funny premise.  The laughs will come with good execution, and these guys have earned our trust on that front.  Like other Rogen/Goldberg scripts (Superbad, Pineapple Express, This Is the End, and hey, even The Green Hornet), The Interview appears to strive for an emotional reality with a focus the talk show host/producer relationship amid the crazy.

Hit the jump to watch the Interview trailer.  Lizzy Caplan and Randall Park also star in the action comedy.  The Interview opens October 10. [Update: We've added three debut images from the film after the jump as well.]

Official synopsis:

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

We recently caught up with Goldberg and producer James Weaver to talk about The Interview.  Here’s how Goldberg pitched Franco’s crazy character:

“I also think one of the reasons why the movie’s so exciting to the audiences we’ve shown it to is, we’ve done a lot of stuff with Franco, but [for this] we were just like, ‘Go crazy.’  Dan Sterling, who wrote the script, crafted this character that’s like, essentially if he wasn’t a celebrity he’d be in an institution, like he’s so bonkers and insane.  Franco got to do so much crazy stuff and you could tell as an actor he was having the greatest time.  We always find that when people are having fun they give us better comedy, and Franco was having the most fun I’ve ever seen him have, and he delivered the weirdest, craziest performance.  Normally in our movies he plays like a quieter guy and [in The Interview] he’s playing an amped up, super high-energy, ADHD talk show host celebrity who’s really excited and happy.  It’s just kind of different and I think the audience gets caught up in the whirlwind of his enthusiasm.”





  • DoremusJessup

    Ballzy premise and it looks hilarious. Really can’t lose with the Rogen/Franco combo. Casting Randall Park as Kim Jong-Un is a money call.

    • John

      And Franco looks fantastic in the trailer and in the pictures as well. He is thinner I think…
      I want him.

  • Witcher

    Pretty meh trailer , I’m sure the movie will be decent at worst though.

  • bidi

    i like that the trailer decided to focus more on the premise than the comedy. we should all know by now that with these guys it will be funny. looks pretty solid. it’ll have my money when it opens

  • edshrinker

    Needs more joint jokes

  • Daniel Son

    Not really feeling the plot of this movie, maybe the stars will be able to elevate it tho, Pineapple Express and This is the End were

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      Then how do you figure they can go wrong with this one?

  • Mezmero

    LMMFAO! One the best comedy duos of all time!!

  • The Flobbit

    I’m guessing that Franco’s cinematic future in North Korea just became a little shorter.

    • Slop_j30

      I’m sure his agent warned him, but great actors take wild risks like that in the name of Art . .

    • ast

      does North Korea even allow a cinema culture? don’t they just watch the documented life of kim jong un?

  • The Pop Pessimist

    I love how vague all their trailers are comedy wise. Though I was not the biggest fan of ‘Neighbors’ It was still pretty funny. Excited to see that the gags are in this one!

  • AdamShitwood

    When I first heard about this movie I was excited. This trailer wasn’t very flattering. Will still give it a shot when it’s on DVD.

  • Cedhollywood

    What’s really funny is what passes for comedy these days. None of Rogen/Franco’s comedy films will ever go down in the annuals as one of best comedies of all time. I guess if one is high or inebriated they seem funny but to someone like myself who appreciates really good comedy movies they just suck.

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      Aww you need a hug.

    • Redjester

      So a comedy has to go down in the annals of the greatest comedy films of all time in order to ‘pass’ for a comedy? And I thought I had high standards!

    • Conor

      Mostly agree, but Pineapple Express and Superbad are clearly iconic genre films.

    • Aquartertoseven

      What comedies will go down as the best of all time? Other than Rogen/Hill/Ferrell etc. comedies, there’s nothing out there to be honest.

      • MH79

        One of the single dumbest things I’ve ever read on this site and that is saying a LOT

      • Aquartertoseven

        Name some comedies then, some great ones.

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    I wlll see anything these guys are in! #freaksforlife

  • Keith

    Would’ve been better if Nolan directed it.

    • Dude

      EVERYTHING would be better if Nolan directed it. Even Transcendence.

      I don’t know how, but he would’ve figured it out.

  • Redjester

    My only critique is that they didn’t get a shorter and fatter actor with a higher pitched voice to play Kim Jong Un. Oh, and they should have had him do the Truffle Shuffle.

    All in all though, I’m sold on this film.

    • P

      Ha. You didn’t even hear his voice. Randall park is perfect for it. Do you even watch Veep? Best comedy on TV BY FARRRRRRRR

      • Redjester

        Yep I do, that’s why I know he’s too tall, skinny, handsome, and his voice is too low.

        They should have gotten Bobbie Lee to do it.

        Oh, and Louie is the best comedy on TV BY FARRRRRRRRR. Although Veep is great too.

      • P

        Actors can change their voices…that’s why they’re called actors. Good call on Louie. At least you’re a commentator who knows what they’re talking about. Respect.

      • Redjester

        In all seriousness, Randall Park will be great, although I still believe Bobbie Lee was born to play this role.

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