Bryan Cranston returns to his Malcolm in the Middle roots in the first trailer for the December comedy Why Him? (watch the green-band version above and/or the raunchier red-band alternative below). Here, instead of directing his frustrated anger at his kids, he’s pitted against an often shirtless and tattooed James Franco.
The Breaking Bad vet plays an overprotective dad on a family trip to meet his daughter’s new boyfriend — a loud-mouthed, socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire (Franco). Already unhappy with the relationship, Cranston as dad plans to break them up once the boyfriend reveals that he will propose to his girlfriend on Christmas Day. Also starring in Why Him? are Megan Mullally, Keegan-Michael Key, Griffin Gluck, Andrew Rannells, and Adam DeVine.
Although the dad vs. boyfriend formula is far from new, the stellar cast of comedy veterans just might make it work. Father of the Bride and Meet the Fockers were both big hits; we’ll see if Cranston can join the ranks of memorable exasperated dads like Steve Martin and Robert De Niro when Why Him? hits theaters Dec. 25.
Watch the ‘Why Him?’ red-band trailer: