Joel McHale to Play Chevy Chase in Netflix’s National Lampoon Movie

By April 9, 2016

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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Joe Ruggirello
Joe is a writer, retired comedian, and giant nerd. He's particularly fond of comic books, pro wrestling, and Godzilla. Oh, and that Star Wars thing. You can yell at him on Twitter @JoeRu23.
  • phnxgrl

    Jon Daly is not tall enough nor funny enough to play Bill Murray!