He started this month as a total unknown, but Project X quickly turned Thomas Mann into… okay, not quite a star, but someone who can at least get starring roles. That’s just as good, really.
With the bigwigs’ attention, Variety reports that Mann and Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story) are being sought to lead King Dork. We reported on this about two weeks ago; produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay‘s Gary Sanchez Productions, directed by Matt Piedmont (Casa de mi Padre), and based on Frank Portman‘s novel, Dork is an ’80-set story of two friends, Tom and Sam, who bond over their mutual love of classic rock. If these casting plans go through, Mann will be playing Tom, while Gilchrist would land the part of Sam. Meanwhile, Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) has entered negotiations to play Tom’s misunderstanding stepfather. (Or, the kind of role he was basically made for.)
Though I’m sad to say that Mann and Gilchrist aren’t presences I’ve encountered on the screen, the positive feedback granted to the latter on Funny Story is just about enough for me not to question the pick. (Maybe that says more about how much I need not to do so in the first place.) And everyone likes Offerman, the kind of guy whose talent no one will doubt or downplay. With these three taking the leads, a promising project like King Dork only looks brighter.
Would you be satisfied with either doing lead work in King Dork? What about Offerman in his respective role?
Hitting theaters in wide release this weekend is John Wick, a film I fell for at Fantastic Fest and I’ve since revisited. The actioner, from first-time filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, follows Keanu Reeves’ title character who left behind a life as a hitman for Russian mobsters to settle down for a quiet life with […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Alex Ross Perry‘s Listen Up Philip, which is now in limited release and available on VOD. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in […]
As my review can attest to, I’m looking forward to not only watch John Wick again but also see how the film hits with general audiences when it arrives this weekend. The actioner stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who is crossed by the son of his old employer. When everything is taken from him, he decides to […]
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