Jason Sudeikis Joins Untitled Heist Comedy With Zach Galifianakis And Kristen Wiig
The best kind of career is the one where you can be funny and relaxed amidst a group of other funny actors with no pressure necessary. The expectations on Jason Sudeikis are that he become one of this generation's comedic leading men, but it seems like he's absolutely chill with having this sort of comedic character actor career where he can enter a movie with a sensible shirt, crack some jokes, then cede the spotlight to others. And with his next project, Sudeikis is not straying far from that formula.
The Wrap reports that Sudeikis has joined the untitled heist comedy that is set to star Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson (Hall Pass reunion!). Galifianakis plays an armored truck driver who plots with a team of associates to rob his company of millions. When his partners double cross him and leave him stranded in Mexico, however, he must plot his revenge. Sudeikis will be playing a hitman recruited by Galifianakis to go after his former buddies, which include Wiig and Wilson.
The project is currently using the title Untitled Armored Car Project, though at the script stage it was called Loomis Fargo. A few years back, that was the title mentioned on the Black List, the annual list of the most popular unproduced scripts in Hollywood. While it was originally penned by Saturday Night Live writer Emily Spivey, apparently it was "so good" that it's now been re-written by Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer. That duo previously worked on the Napoleon Dynamite television series, so you could see why they'd reunite here, given that this film, a former Jim Carrey project , is being directed by Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess. Hess' sensibility is peculiar, mixing slapstick comedy with a touch of outsider art. The post-Napoleon Dynamite backlash was fierce, leading to his films becoming marginalized – even the Napoleon Dynamite animated film was canceled without much notice. The absolutely bonkers Gentlemen Broncos didn't even stand a chance when it was released back in 2009, even though it features absolutely brilliant performances by Jemaine Clement and Sam Rockwell. You could see why a guy like Jim Carrey might be briefly interested in working with Hess.
The Untitled Armored Car Project has no title, but it does have an August 14, 2015 release date. It's being produced by Danny McBride and Jody Hill, the minds behind Eastbound and Down and The Foot Fist Way, so there is the sense this could be a slightly darker film than you'd expect from Jared Hess. Sudeikis as a hitman could inevitably be a little more straightforward than expected, and perhaps even a more dramatic role for the man that will next star in Horrible Bosses 2 and possibly a new Fletch.
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