Why Him?

Why Him? Information

Why Him? is an upcoming American romantic comedy film directed by John Hamburg and co-written with Ian Helfer. The film stars James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally, Griffin Gluck, and Keegan-Michael Key. The film will be released on December 23, 2016 by 20th Century Fox.


While visiting their eldest daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch), Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston) and his wife Barb (Megan Mullally), along with their 15-year old son Scott (Griffin Gluck), are introduced to Stephanie's wealthy and famous boyfriend, Laird Mayhew (James Franco). Laird's vulgar, gregarious, and blunt personality is slightly overwhelming for Barb and Scott, but causes Ned to downright despise him. However, Stephanie insists that he's a nice person, and that he makes her happy. But when Laird reveals he plans to propose to Stephanie in only five days, the race to prove himself worthy of her love so Ned can give them his blessing begins. Laird goes out of his way to win over Barb and Scott, while Ned schemes to make sure Laird goes down in flames.


  • James Franco as Laird Mayhew, Stephanie's boyfriend
  • Bryan Cranston as Ned Fleming, Stephanie's father and Barb's husband
  • Zoey Deutch as Stephanie Fleming, Laird's girlfriend and Ned and Barb's daughter and Scotty's older sister
  • Megan Mullally as Barb Fleming, Ned's wife and Stephanie's mother
  • Griffin Gluck as Scotty Fleming, Stephanie's 15-year old younger brother and Ned and Barb's son
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Gustav, the billionaire's European-hailing estate manager
  • Cedric the Entertainer as Lou Dunne, Ned"?s friend
  • Zack Pearlman
  • Steve Aoki
  • Casey Wilson
  • Andrew Rannells
  • Adam DeVine


On November 18, 2014, it was revealed that John Hamburg was co-writing a comedy film Why Him? with Ian Helfer 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.

Principal photography on the film began in mid-February 2016 in Los Angeles.


Why Him? is scheduled to release on December 23, 2016, by 20th Century Fox -- a move from the originally planned November 11, 2016, release date.

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