Ed Helms Set to Visit 'Cedar Rapids' in the Ensemble Comedy

July 16, 2009

Ed Helms

Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Population: 128,056. This is where Ed Helms will venture in his new indie project, titled Cedar Rapids. Helms will play a wholesome and naive small-town Wisconsin man, who, when his role model dies, must represent his company at a regional insurance conference in said city. But when he arrives there, his mind is blown by the big-town experience. THR has announced that former "Daily Show" correspondent Ed Helms will star in the ensemble road-trip comedy that Miguel Arteta (of the upcoming Youth in Revolt) is directing. Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor and Jim Burke are producing. Sounds great!

The screenplay for this was written by newcomer Phil Johnston, a broadcast journalist from the Midwest who moved to New York to attend film school at Columbia. Cedar Rapids is not setup at a studio yet, but it could end up at Fox Searchlight. I was originally going to say that Cedar Rapids could be Helms' chance to really break out, but I already realized that The Hangover has already done that. However, if this turns out as great as it sounds, it could be another solid breakout hit for Helms that will only continue to put him in the spotlight. I'm very curious to see who else joins the cast, as this is an ensemble comedy. Stay tuned!

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


I was born there. Cedar Rapids is a great city, and this should be a great comedy!

Chris on Jul 17, 2009


I was arrested there for crossing the street right before it turn red for me to cross. Anyway, I love Andy Benarnd's sense of humor and his singing.

ed on Jul 17, 2009


It's to bad this movie wont be filmed in Cedar Rapids Iowa

Sonja on Oct 28, 2009


Yeah..If this movie won't be filmed in Cedar Rapids then loss for local people.. 🙁

Leo on Oct 28, 2009


It's being filmed in Ann Arbor, MI as i speak

brian on Nov 12, 2009


That's right, it's being filmed in Ann Arbor at a hotel called Clarion Hotel on Jackson Rd... I also work at the hotel and today as I speak is the last shooting day for the film... It'll come out Fall 2010 P.s. it's gonna be a great movie

Adam on Dec 17, 2009

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