National Lampoon was a major driving force for American comedy back in the 70s and 80s, and now Netflix is bringing its story to the…well…whatever sized screen you watch your Netflix on. Just like the 2006 book A Futile and Stupid Gesture on which it is based, the film will center around the troubled life of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney. Shooting is scheduled to begin next week, and the film will be directed by The State alum David Wain.
Kenney’s writing resume includes two of the greatest comedies of all time: Animal House and Caddyshack. Naturally, this means comedy legends like Bill Murray, John Belushi, and Chevy Chase will be portrayed in the film. Thankfully, Wain and his team have put together a pretty impressive cast list so far. Check it out below:
Doug Kenney – Will Forte
Chevy Chase – Joel McHale
Bill Murray – Jon Daly
Harold Ramis – Rick Glassman
John Belushi – John Gemberling
Christopher Guest – Seth Green
Henry Beard – Domhnall Gleeson
Matty Simmons – Matt Walsh
Michael O’Donoghue – Thomas Lennon
In addition to all these incredibly talented actors, Martin Mull will be playing a not-yet-announced role. That’s one hell of a cast, no?
Of particular note is Joel McHale’s casting as Chevy Chase. The two were co-stars on Community for four seasons, so that makes me giggle. Will Forte will no doubt be tremendous as Kenney (because Will Forte is wonderful at everything), and I particularly like Jon Daly as Bill Murray. With a cast as impressive as this, Netflix’s latest original project is off to an excellent start.
A Futile and Stupid Gesture will be released on Netflix some time in 2017.
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