More casting news has come in for the Netflix movie about the life of National Lampoon founder Doug Kenny. The movie is A Futile & Stupid Gesture, and late last week it was announced that three great comics will play comedy giants Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and John Belushi.
Rick Glassman, who you know from the series Undatable will play Harold Ramis, and Kroll Show’s Jon Daly will have the honor of portraying Bill Murray. The Wrap is reporting that Broad City’s John Gemberling is set to play another comedy legend- John Belushi. Ramis, Murray and Belushi were a part of the legendary National Lampoon Radio Hour. That cast largely became the foundation for the original cast of Saturday Night Live.
Last month it was announced that Will Forte will play Doug Kenny who co-founded the Lampoon in the 70’s not only launching the careers of comedy greats like John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis and Murray, but in many ways changing comedy for the foreseeble future. Earlier last week it was announced that Joel McHale will play Chevy Chase. Domnhall Gleeson will play Henry Beard and The State’s Thomas Lennon will take on the role of Michael O’Donoghue.
Expect more casting news to keep coming in over the next few weeks, there’s still some legends left to cast. Although the precise scope of the film isn’t yet known, we would imagine that we could see casting announcements for Gilda Radner, Richard Belzer, Brian Doyle Murray among others, and maybe even more of the stars of Animal House and Caddyshack, which were both co-written by Kenny. Filming is expected to begin shortly, and there are plenty more comedy legends who are a part of the National Lampoon story that have yet to be cast.
David Wain is set to direct the movie for Netflix.