While there was a whole lot of discussion surrounding Girls this past spring — way, way too much of it, if you ask me — one of its finer elements went, if not entirely unnoticed, at least unfairly ignored. Those who actually watched the series will probably agree that this label applies to Adam Driver, the dopey boyfriend to Lena Dunham‘s lead character; funny, sweet, surprising, and wonderfully weird, he’s the sort of actor who feels primed to carve out a little place in film and TV for years to come.
That’s, thankfully, already begun, as Variety reports that Driver will co-star with Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in The F Word, an indie romantic comedy from Goon director Michael Dowse. The script, a Black List entry, comes from Elan Mastai, who crafted the story of a man striving to make himself “the first male to have a successfully platonic relationship with a girl he likes (Kazan).” With her currently having a boyfriend, it becomes their dual mission, with “the best intentions and a little denial,” to carry things on in a serene manner. Driver will help the guy out by playing his “brash, ethically dubious confidant,” and I’m sure he’ll make that work quite well.
No Trace Camping are producing The F Word, and will begin shooting in two weeks.
We’ve, afterward, heard from Deadline that Matt Walsh (Veep, Ted) will be appearing in a currently-untitled tornado film — once known as Category Six — which Steve Quale (Final Destination 5) will direct from a script rewritten by Simon Beaufoy. In it, the (typically) comedic performer will be seen as “Pete, a storm chaser looking to get a picture of the eye of a tornado”; given his onscreen history, I don’t know if it’s a good sign I’m already laughing.
The film, which mostly centers around teens documenting the event with their portable devices, also stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Nathan Kress, and Jeremy Sumpter (Soul Surfer).
Finally, Deadline also inform us that Michael McDonald (MADtv) will be playing an antagonist in Paul Feig‘s The Heat. I’d guess he’s the Russian mobster so frequently mentioned in plot descriptions — specifically, the one Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy have to track down — so, there you have it. (There’s simply not much else to say, except “good choice.”)
Tony Hale, Bill Burr, Jamie Denbo, and Jessica Chaffin also star in The Heat, which opens on April 5th, 2013.
Have you been fond of Driver’s work on Girls, and how does this news come across? Are these two other picks solid moves?
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