It was in January when we told you that Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger) would helm his first feature in some eight years, Get a Job, with a nice little cast of good-to-great performers already in mind. Now, though, Variety and Deadline have told us of the full lineup, and it’s actually better than initially thought.
Now, we can look forward to a main cast consisting of Bryan Cranston, Miles Teller (Project X), Anna Kendrick, Alison Brie, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, among several others mentioted below. The logline (from a script by Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel) is the same as last time out: “a multi-generational comedy about four recent college graduates who discover that their lofty expectations and the realities of adulthood are two very different things.”
A story as base and open for creative interpretation as that could go in so many different directions — great, terrible, often somewhere in the middle — thus, being a huge fan of Roger Dodger, I can’t wait for what Kidd will bring to the table. (I’m not expecting a lengthy, misogyny-tinged monologue on the nature of modern gender relations from Campbell Scott, but wit and verve would work just fine.) Having this cast and this helmer all working together, Get a Job is looking pretty fine right now.
Read the full press release below:
LOS ANGELES – March 7, 2012 – CBS Films announced today that Bryan Cranston (Drive, TV’s Breaking Bad), Anna Kendrick (50/50, Up In The Air) and Miles Teller (Footloose, Project X) will star in the comedy tentatively titled Get A Job. Nick Braun (Prom, TV’s Poor Paul), Alison Brie (Scream 4, TV’s Community), Brandon T. Jackson (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Tropic Thunder), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fright Night, Superbad) and Jay Pharoah (TV’s Saturday Night Live, Lola Versus) are set to co-star in the film. Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger, TV’s Children’s Hospital) is attached to direct the film from a screenplay by Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel. Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher (Django Unchained, Contagion) of Double Feature Films are attached to produce.
Get A Job is a multi-generational comedy about four recent college graduates who discover that their lofty expectations and the realities of adulthood are two very different things. Teller will play Will Davis, who finds his true calling after struggling through an entry level job. Kendrick plays Jillian Stewart, Will’s type-A girlfriend, who lives her life according to the strictest of plans. Cranston plays Roger Davis, Will’s father who is hunting for a job at the same time as his son. Braun, Mintz-Plasse and Jackson will play Will’s three friends, (Charlie, Ethan and Luke, respectively), each of whom find careers with some interesting results. Brie will play Tanya, one of the group’s sharp-witted co-workers. Pharoah will play Skeezy D, who starts his own recession-proof business.
“We are making an emotionally honest comedy about the challenges that every generation faces in our rapidly changing world. We have assembled an extraordinary cast to make that happen,” commented Kidd.
Maria Faillace and Ryan Conroy are overseeing the project for CBS Films. The film is set to begin production on March 12th in Los Angeles.
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