While HBO is known for creating emotionally devastating made-for-TV dramas, the network doesn’t have such a long history with comedy features. Last year’s Clear History wasn’t the greatest story ever told, but its fantastic cast (led by Larry David) earned more chuckles than most of what made it to theaters. Now we can put our big foam fingers on in anticipation for the star-studded mockumentary 7 Days in Hell, which will center on SNL vet Andy Samberg taking on Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington in a marathon tennis match. Just what you thought it would be, right?
Before we get into more specifics on the story, let’s rattle off the rest of this ridiculously talented cast. We have Portlandia’s Fred Armisen, Nebraska’s Will Forte and June Squibb, Girls’s Lena Dunham, comedian and game show host Howie Mandel, Guardian of the Galaxy’s Karen Gillan, Master of Sex’s Martin Sheen, Justified’s Mary Steenburgen and CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien, who will play herself. And that’s just the ones that are confirmed so far, according to Deadline.
For more behind the scenes talent, 7 Days in Hell was written by American Dad and Girls scribe Murray Miller, from a story idea that he and Samberg came up with. Directing this zany affair will be Jake Szymanski, who made his name in short films before moving onto bigger things at Funny or Die and Saturday Night Live. So with all these folks involved, this story has to be good, right?
Samberg will play Aaron Williams, a tennis superstar with a knack for controversy. Harrington stars as Charles Poole, the more reputable athlete of the two, whose tennis skills are supplemented by his job as a certified truck driver. The two men will meet up for what will be the most insane game of tennis ever seen, as they’ll face each other for a seven-day match at Wimbledon. The hubba hubba Gillan will play a supermodel named Lily; though she’s Charles’ childhood friend, she made a sex tape with Aaron, which causes even more strife between the men. Forte will play a tennis historian and Steenburgen will play Charles’ controlling mother. Sadly, that’s the only character details Deadline had to offer.
This plot recalls the first round of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, where John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played a record 183 games over the course of eleven hours spread over three days. It seems silly to mock something that was already a bizarre exaggeration of normalcy, but I like it. Sports and spoofs go extremely well together.
There’s no word on when 7 Days in Hell is scheduled to go into production, but you can bet we’ll volley that info to you as soon as we hear it.