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Even though the screenplay for Scot Armstrong’s upcoming film Search Party – originally written by Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller – was on the 2010 Blacklist, it still got a rewrite by first-time director Armstrong himself (whose most recent credits include The Hangover Part II and Road Trip 2: Beer Pong). Nothing would be better than for this film to be the complete opposite of derivative, but that might be asking too much.
At least the cast should be able to help. Search Party has added Shannon Woodward as a female lead, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Woodward is probably most famous for her role as Jimmy’s romantic interest on Fox’s Raising Hope, though she was also in the FX series The Riches a few years ago. As far as features go, she’ll next be seen starring with John Cusack and Emma Roberts in Scott Coffey’s Adult World, as well as the comedian-filled Claire’s Cambodia, the directorial debut from One For the Money screenwriter Stacy Sherman.
In Search Party she joins comedian TJ Miller (Cloverfield) and Adam Pally (Happy Endings) in a road trip comedy that takes the two guys on a wild and danger-filled mission to rescue their friend Nardo (Thomas Middleditch) - who has somehow ended up naked and stranded in Mexico. You know a film is good if it promises male nudity right there in the premise. Woodward will be playing Nardo’s girlfriend, who also manages to find herself in Mexico.
Search Party will begin shooting this week in Baton Rouge, which means that it will probably be in theaters some time next year. And if you can’t find it then, feel free to send out a…what do you call it…a lookie group.