Skip to main content

Joel McHale To Play Eric Bana's Cop Partner In Thriller Beware The Night

A lot of time could be spent debating the “should he or shouldn’t he” argument involving Dan Harmon’s possible return to NBC’s Community, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss. Six seasons and a movie or not, star Joel McHale is slowly making his way into Hollywood, and there’s a startling lack of broad comedy involved.

In fact, The Hollywood Reporter says he’s in final negotiations to join Beware the Night, the latest horror thriller from director Scott Derrickson (Sinister), who co-wrote the screenplay with frequent writing partner Paul Harris Boardman. The film has also added Sean Harris (Prometheus) to be the spooky antagonist.

In Beware the Night, Bana plays an NYPD street cop whose lapsed faith in religion gets tested as he finds himself up against a soldier (Harris) possessed by the devil. McHale is going completely against type to play Bana’s partner, a tough, experienced cop (I bet his biceps come out at some point). Olivia Munn will play Bana’s wife, and Edgar Ramirez has been cast as a Jesuit priest. A film like this could be quite enjoyable if the tone and aesthetic are gritty and realistic, avoiding everything that made The Exorcism of Emily Rose such a cliché-fest.

McHale’s last break from comedy was a fairly useless cameo role in FX’s Justified as a loser conman, but he’ll be in it for the laughs on his next two features, including the Sandler/Barrymore rom-com Blendedand the holiday comedy A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle with Robin Williams and Lauren Graham. Harris, meanwhile, will next be seen in Suzanne Weir’s Serena and you can currently catch him on Showtime’s The Borgias, which is in the middle of its third season.

Nick Venable
Nick Venable

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.