Kal Penn Abandons Obama To Smoke Pot During Christmas

We’ve known a new Harold & Kumar movie was coming for awhile now, but the big question hanging over A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas was whether they’d be able to get Kal Penn involved since, Kal (who plays Kumar) quit acting about a year ago to work for Obama at the Whitehouse. Even though Penn’s best known for playing a lovable stoner, the guy actually doesn’t smoke weed at all and he’s really more into politics than tasty, tiny burgers. Well, he was for a year anyway.

Now he’s going back to the world of irresponsible drug use on screen. Deadline confirms that he’s leaving his position as the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement to co-star with John Cho in A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas. Warner Bros. is considering releasing it in 3D (I’m on board with this only if Neil Patrick Harris shows up with another unicorn hallucination) and plan to start shooting this summer for an R-rated holiday release in 2011 or 2012.

Josh Tyler