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Think being a sidekick is easy? Try being an unemployed one. Michael J. Weithorn and Rob Benedict's new short The Sidekick explores such a scenario through the story of 40-year-old career sidekick, Max McCabe - played by actor and writer Rob Benedict - who is fired by his boss and left to try to figure out how to break back into the fast-paced world of superhero-dom. In addition to Benedict, the cast includes Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, Josh Meyers, Richard Speight Jr. and Jordan Peele. All of the above mentioned people will be in attendance for The Sidekick Comic-Con panel that's set for later this month.
At present, The Sidekick is set up as a 30-minute short, but the creators are hoping to get it adapted for a TV or webseries. The cast alone is reason enough to hope things work out on that front. In the meantime, they're bringing it to Comic-Con to show it off. The Sidekick is set-up for a screening and Q&A, which will take place at the Hilton Bayfront in the Indigo Ballroom on Thursday, July 18 at 3:00 p.m. Below are the details on the panel:
From director Michael J. Weithorn (King of Queens, A Little Help) and writer/actor Rob Benedict (Waiting, Supernatural) comes The Sidekick, the offbeat story of career "sidekick" Max McCabe. When Max begins to lose his youthful zip and is unceremoniously fired by his superhero boss, he finds himself cast adrift in a world that seems to have no use for an aging professional buddy. The panel will feature a 30-minute premiere screening and panel Q&A with Weithorn, Benedict, and cast members Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Cloverfield), Martin Starr (This Is the End), Josh Meyers (Behind the Candelabra), Richard Speight Jr. (Band of Brothers), Jordan Peele (Key and Peele), cinematographer Steve Lubensky (Series 7), and other special guests to be announced.
As mentioned, the cast alone is an attention grabber and more than enough reason to venture over to the Hilton to check out the screening. Fans of Felicity or Alias might recognize Benedict from the Abrams-verse, and he's mingling with some great names here, including Party Down vets Caplan and Starr, and Comedy Central star and one-half of the hilarious Key and Peele duo Jordan Peele. Beyond the cast, I also love the logline for the story:
“The Sidekick” is a fresh comedic take on the superhero genre, as well as an allegory about the struggle to find your purpose in life even as you are being… repurposed.
You get a better sense of what they mean in the trailer. Check that out below: