Jason Segel And Ed Helms Going A Little Indie For The Duplass Brothers
And now, for the best news I've read in days: Jason Segel and Ed Helms have signed on to star for directing brothers Mark and Jay Duplass in the stoner comedy Jeff Who Lives At Home. Odds are you don't know why this is great news, unless you've happened to catch one of the Duplass Brothers' tiny indie collaborations like The Puffy Chair. But their latest film Cyrus, which comes out in July, will change all that; the film was one of the best to debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and was proof positive that the indie-bred directors know how to work with big stars-- John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill lead that cast.
As for the new one, THR reports that Helms and Segel will play brothers, Segel the loser layabout and Helms the overbearing type-A one-- though you probably could have guessed who was playing who by watching five seconds of Forgetting Sarah Marshall or The Office. Also on board is Judy Greer, to play Helms's wife, and surprisingly enough, Jason Reitman as a producer. The key role of the mother, who Segel's character lives with, is in the process of being cast.
Ever sine Sundance I've been anxiously awaiting the moment I get to see Cyrus again, and I'm thrilled that the Duplass brothers see that film's success as incentive to keep working with major stars and challenging the very notion of the Hollywood comedy. They got amazing, natural performances out of all three leads in Cyrus, and will likely be able to do the same with Segel and Helms, who have gotten famous for broadly comic work but are beloved for the sensitivity they can show just below the surface. Seriously, there's nothing about this that isn't great news.
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