Zac Efron's Frat Adds Submarine's Craig Roberts For Townies
Not enough people have watched 2010’s offbeat coming-of-age dramedy Submarine, the first feature film directed by British comedian/writer Richard Ayoade. A handful of the best, as well as zaniest British sitcoms of the past ten years have featured Ayoade in some capacity, and Submarine was a nice subdued version of his talents. On top of that its young star Craig Roberts turned out a brilliant performance, drawing comedy out of pathos as well as situational bits.
Roberts should definitely add something different to the usual suspects of Nicholas Stoller’s upcoming comedy Townies, which already stars such names as Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, and recently added Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco and Rose Byrne to the cast.
The plot – which sounds like something these guys are doing on a dare – concerns an ordinary family man (Rogen) and his wife (Byrne) whose life is becoming a constant Hell thanks to a rowdy fraternity house nearby. The husband will eventually go head-to-head with the frat leader, played by Efron. Indiewire states Roberts will join Mintz-Plasse and Franco as a fellow frat boy.
Since Americans would probably only know Roberts from roles in Jane Eyre and the swept-under-the-rug thriller Red Lights, he could emerge as quite the comic talent under Stoller’s loose direction. And given Stoller’s film career, which includes directing Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek as well as co-writing The Muppets with Jason Segel, it’s safe to say a few more members of that gang are going to pop up in Townies, which makes Roberts’ casting all the more interesting. Much more so than seeing Efron pull off an alpha male. (Huh huh…pull off an alpha male.)
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