'Submarine' Director Richard Ayoade Gets 'Neighborhood Watch' Role
In addition to helming the twisted, coming-of-age comedy Submarine (read my glowing review here), British talent Richard Ayoade might be better known for his hilarious role in the comedy series "The IT Crowd" (which also features Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd) from across the pond. Now, just like his TV co-star, Ayoade is beginning to hit the big screen in front of the camera as Variety reports the British funnyman has just landed a role in the forthcoming sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch. He joins quite an impressive array of comedic talent that already includes Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill.
Apparently Ayoade even beat out Rush Hour star Chris Tucker, who hasn't made a film since the third installment of the action comedy franchise in 2007. While I would've been interested in seeing how Tucker meshed with the aforementioned trio of comedians, I'm even more please to see someone like Ayoade get a role in a big American comedy like this. For those just joining us, the film follows a group of suburban fathers who start a neighborhood watch group as a front for some male bonding time away from the family. But wouldn't you know it, the group ends up discovering a sinister plot to destroy the world from a dangerous extra-terrestrial force. With a script from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (who wrote Superbad), I'm already sold.