Dave Franco will take a page out of his brother James’ playbook and step behind the camera; the younger Franco brother is set to direct the indie horror-thriller, The Rental. His wife Alison Brie and Dan Stevens will star, while Franco has co-written the script with Easy collaborator Joe Swanberg.
The film is reportedly a character-driven horror revolving around two couples who rent a vacation home for a celebratory weekend. However, things get messy – although it’s unclear why – and the two couples begin to resent one another.
It’s the kind of small budget debut project that should give Franco a chance to show off his directorial chops. He has recently sought out more challenging dramatic work after spending much of his early career in comedy, securing a supporting role in Barry Jenkins‘ If Beale Street Could Talk, and starring as a heroin addict in the Netflix drama, 6 Balloons.
This project should give him another chance to branch out in his career. Franco may have been inspired by Brie, who recently directed her first episode of GLOW.
The Rental will also star Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White. Black Bear Pictures will fully finance the film, with Franco being one of many producers on the project. Production will begin in Oregon in April.