Following a pair of fake promotional campaign ad teases, we’ve got the first trailer for Jay Roach‘s summer comedy The Campaign, featuring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as dueling candidates in their North Carolina district. Backed by The Black Keys‘ Gold on the Ceiling, it sets up Ferrell’s Cam Brady as the incumbent, facing off Galifianakis’ Marty Huggins, who seems to be doing his brother comedy shtick. When these two are our leads, it’s hard to not find a little funny in the proceedings. Hopefully this satire will be a bigger surprise this summer, especially timed with the election ahead. Check it out below for the film also starring Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Katherine LaNasa, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd and Brian Cox.
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.