William H. Macy and Joan Allen Join Brie Larson in ‘The Room’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

The upcoming film Room is pulling out the all the stops and signing some pretty heavy hitters. William H Macy and Joan Allen have been signed to star in the drama thriller alongside Brie Larson.

Also signed are Jacob Tremblay, Tom McCamus, Sean Bridgers and Megan Park.

The film is based on Emma Donoghue’s novel of the same name. Donoghue also wrote the screenplay. Director Lenny Abrahamson will helm the picture.

The movie is told from the point of view of five year old jack, played by Tremblay. All Jack has known in life is his 10 foot by 10 foot room. He lives in the room alongside his Ma, who is played by Larson. To Jack the room is home but to his mother it’s a prison. Ma knows that sooner or later the room will not be able to contain the two of them…but why? And how will they get out?

It sounds like an interesting premise for a book but I have my doubts about it holding my attention for a feature film. Even with the star power of Macy and Allen I’m apprehensive about this upcoming project. It definitely doesn’t seem to lend itself to an easy marketing campaign. Only time will tell.