Jay Roach has the political ground covered this year, with the comedic (aka frightening) story of the election race in Game Change. Now he is doing a similar story, albeit a flat-out hilarious version with The Campaign. Starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as dueling candidates in their North Carolina district, we got a low-res first look last month, but now WB have delivered crisp new stills. One of these gives us our first official glimpse at Jason Sudeikis and Dylan McDermott. Check them out above and below for the film also starring Katherine LaNasa, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd and Brian Cox, along with the first official synopsis.
When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other, in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy from “Meet the Parents” director Jay Roach that takes today’s political circus to its logical next level. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there’s room to dig a whole lot deeper.
The Campaign hits theaters on August 10th.
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