The highly anticipated National Lampoon movie has found its Chevy Chase, producers say.
It was announced via The Hollywood Reporter yesterday that Joel McHale would take on the role. The film, titled A Futile and Stupid Gesture, follows the story of Douglas Kenney (played by Will Forte) who founded the humor magazine National Lampoon, along with Henry Beard (played by Domnhall Gleeson) and Robert Hoffman.
Having founded the magazine shortly after graduating from Harvard, Kenney enjoyed years of success not only as the editor of the popular magazine, but as the writer of cult-classic films like National Lampoon’s Animal House and Caddyshack. Despite his success, however, Kenney had his demons. The writer struggled with alcohol addiction and, while on a trip to Hawaii, went missing. His car was found the following day and, a few days after that, his body was found at the bottom of a cliff. Chase, a close friend who also starred in Caddyshack, had been in Hawaii with Kenney originally and was preparing to head back and link up with the writer again when he received news of his disappearance. McHale worked with Chase on five out of the six seasons of the NBC cult hit Community. While the two admittedly didn’t always get along, McHale’s experiences with Chase on set can only serve to further inform his performance as the legendary funny man.
McHale can also be seen later this year on CBS’s new pilot, The Great Indoors, and his memoir Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be, will be published this November. The film is being directed by David Wain, co-creator of Wet Hot American Summer and member of The State. Jonathan Stern and Peter Principato are producing, with Ed Helms, John Aboud,, Michael Colton, Ted Hamm, Ben Ormand, and Sean McKittrick as executive producers.