Why Him? is an upcoming American romantic comedy film directed and written by John Hamburg. The film stars James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally, Griffin Gluck, and Keegan-Michael Key. The film will be released on December 25, 2016 by 20th Century Fox.
On November 18, 2014, it was revealed that John Hamburg was co-writing a comedy film Why Him? for 20th Century Fox. On February 27, 2015, James Franco was in talks to join the film to play a young billionaire. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Productions would be producing the film, about a Midwestern father who travels with his family to visit a daughter at college and finds himself in a battle with her new billionaire boyfriend. On August 25, 2015, Bryan Cranston joined the film to play the father. In August 2015, the film was selected by the California Film Commission to receive $5.4 million in tax credits. On January 12, 2016, Griffin Gluck was added to the cast of the film to play Scotty Fleming, the son of Cranston’s character. On January 13, 2016, Megan Mullally joined the film to play Barb Fleming, the wife of Ned (played by Cranston). On December 8, 2015, Zoey Deutch was cast in the film to play the female lead role as young billionaire’s girlfriend. On January 19, 2016, Keegan-Michael Key joined the film to play the billionaire’s European-hailing estate manager, and following him Zack Pearlman also signed on to star in the film. Musician Steve Aoki also joined the film’s cast, confirmed through his Twitter account.