With Parks and Recreation on hiatus, now is the time for its stars to find movie projects to make. And that's exactly what Aziz Ansari has done by joining the cast of The Apocalypse.
In an interview with Grantland.com, Ansari revealed that he has been cast in the ensemble comedy, which will be the directorial debuts of both Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (who also wrote the script). Also attached are James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride. All of the actors, including Rogen, will be playing themselves in the movie as they get together for a party at Franco's house. Then the apocalypse begins. That movie is scheduled to begin soon down in New Orleans. Previous reports have put the film's budget in the $30 to $40 million range and Sony is set to distribute it.
The idea for the feature came from a project that Rogen and Baruchel did together a few years ago. Titled Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse, the movie was actually a fake trailer about Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen living together after the biblical end of days has occurred. The short film made it looks like the comedy will entirely be set in one location and have all of the characters fighting with each other a la Roman Polanski's Carnage. It's unknown if the feature film will maintain the same format or will expand it.
I've been excited about this project ever since I found the short film on my DVD copy of Pineapple Express. Bring on The Apocalypse!
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