Ben Stiller is Top Choice to Hear Mark Romanek's The Voices

January 19, 2010

Ben Stiller / Mark Romanek

Nowadays the hip thing for comedy actors to do is jump into drama, or a film that is completely different in comedic tone than any of their previous endeavors. Recently Robin Williams has had the most drastic fluctuations jumping from the screwball Disney "comedy" Old Dogs, to the pitch black dark comedy World's Greatest Dad, but actors like Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler and even Will Ferrell have found a place in films with a more serious tone. Ben Stiller looks to be next in line, not only starring in Noah Baumbach's indie Greenberg, but now SlashFilm says Stiller may star in Mark Romanek's dark comedy The Voices as well.

You may remember The Voices from its appearance on last year's Black List of the best unproduced scripts of '09. The creepy, yet humorous story follows Jerry Hickfang as he accidentally kills a woman he works with at a bathroom fixtures factory, only to begin taking advice from his foul-mouthed cat (Mr. Whiskers) and dog (Bosco). But don't expect another Dr. Dolittle as the tone is tactfully described as "watching the lovable pig from Babe join forces with American Psycho's Patrick Bateman." Now that's what I call a dark comedy. And putting Stiller in this dark of a role should be no problem for Romanek who has already made Robin Williams creepy One Hour Photo. The next step will be to see who voices Mr. Whiskers and Bosco.

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  • Simon Pegg and Nick Frost came to mind for the dog and cat.
  • Maxx
    I think they should use Keith David as one of the voices. He is great for voiceover work and he was perfectly creepy yet lovable in Coraline as the Cat.
  • WOW, I'm freaking sold. Love Romanek's work and I think this is a good thing for Ben Stiller.
  • Caitie
    Yeah the Voices sounds great to me, it'll be intense watching Ben Stiller in such a dark comedy, I hope he'll be good in it. Is it possible to find the script available anywhere legit online?
  • Dark Fist
    Sounds wonderful!
  • Xerxex
    people don't really give Stiller a lot of credit, and this does indeed sound wonderful...I'm in.
  • 12916studios
    Honestly, I don't think this is right for Stiller. I read The Voices a few months back, and it is far darker than it is comedic. It's really a brilliant script, and it is quite funny, but seriously...this is dark. Like watching a rotting decapitated head talk, dark. It's messed up.




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