Dublin native Domhall Gleeson, who last year graced our screens with ‘Ex Machina,’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘The Revenant,’ and ‘Brooklyn,’ is set to star opposite Will Forte (‘The Last Man on Earth,’ ‘Nebraska,’ ‘Run & Jump’) in ‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture,’ a movie about the founding of humour magazine National Lampoon.
‘Wet Hot American Summer’ director David Wain is behind the camera for the Netflix original film, with Forte playing Doug Kenney, co-founder of the magazine, while Gleeson will portray Henry Beard, who formed the company with Kenney and Robert Hoffman.
Joel McHale is attached to play his former ‘Community’ co-star Chevy Chase, while ‘Broad City’ and ‘Marry Me’ actor John Gemberling will portray legendary comedian John Belushi.
The script for the film comes from Michael Colton and John Aboud, adapted from Josh Karp’s 2006 book.
Producers include Peter Principato, Jonathan Stern, Colton and Aboud. Ed Helms, Ben Ormand, Ted Hamm and Sean McKittrick are on board to executive produce.