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Seth Rogen has been on fire lately producing television properties, and he has some fun roles in the works for the big screen. The actor has had success in leading roles where he plays an everyman in over his head, and that looks like it will be the case when he stars in the upcoming Flarsky. The dark comedy, to be directed by 50/50's Jonathan Levine, follows Seth Rogen's Fred Flarsky, an unemployed journalist who decides to strike up a romance with his childhood babysitter and crush. Only now the crush is the current Secretary of State and is played by none other than Charlize Theron. No, the comedy is adding another name to its already impressive cast. Joining the two leads is performance capture master and now director, Andy Serkis.
It doesn't look like the multi-talented Andy Serkis will be in a mo-cap suit this time around. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor plays a media mogul who employs Fred Flarsky. Should Seth Rogen's Fred Flarsky be successful in his attempt to woo Charlize Theron's character, this will lead to some interesting conflicts between his work and personal life. If Andy Serkis' character is the Charles Foster Kane type of media mogul, he will no doubt want Flarsky to use his relationship with the Secretary of State for either political favors or to get confidential information for news stories.
It never hurts to add talent, and Flarsky is shaping up great with this killer cast. The movie has an interesting premise that is ripe for hilarity as the poorly named Fred Flarsky pursues the physically and socially out of his league Charlize Theron. I am curious what elements of this story will make it a dark comedy, but I imagine Fred Flarsky may find his relationship makes him privy to shadowy government secrets that he'd rather not know. Television writer Dan Sterling, who also wrote Seth Rogen's highly controversial 2014 film, The Interview, is penning the script.
Andy Serkis is coming off his directorial debut Breathe, and he can next be seen on the big screen in performance capture as the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke in December's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. After that, he returns to the Marvel universe in February's Black Panther. Flarsky is currently shooting in Montreal and is scheduled for a February 8, 2019 release date. Don't forget to also look through our 2018 premiere guide to see what movies will be released next year.