Who will you vote for? Today we’ve got the first look at Jay Roach‘s summer comedy The Campaign, a political satire tied to this year’s presidential race. Instead of Obama and the opposition, we’ve got Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as dueling candidates in their North Carolina district. Warner Bros. has debuted the first footage on two separate Facebook pages, one for Ferrell’s Cam Brady and the other for Galifianakis’ Marty Huggins. They come in the form of two hilarious political ad spots, accompanied by banners. If Roach can nail this satire, I could see it being one of the surprise hits of the summer. 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.