Larry David's Improv Comedy Adds Danny McBride, Bill Hader, More
This past summer we learned Superbad and Paul director Greg Mottola would be at the helm of an improvised comedy for HBO Films with Larry David writing and starring in the film. Great names like Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") and Michael Keaton joined the cast, but now the talent pool has gotten even more crowded and sweeter. THR has word that the film, now titled Clear History, has just landed Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Kate Hudson, Amy Ryan, Evan Mendes, Philip Baker Hall and David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" co-star J.B. Smoove have all landed roles in the comedy which shoots this fall.
The story follows Nathan Flomm (David) a former marketing executive at a start-up electric car company who, after losing a fortune due to a petty argument with his boss, is publicly humiliated for walking away from his 10 percent of a company which is now worth billions. Flash forward 10 years later, his marriage in shambles and his reputation destroyed, Nathan has changed his identity so he might live a simple life on a small island as Rolly DaVore. But when his former boss (Hamm) shows up to renovate his summer mansion, Nathan vows to seek his revenge and drive his nemesis off the island.
Sounds like there's a lot of potential for a great rivalry and it should be a meaty comedy role for Hamm who has displayed outstanding comedic chops on "Saturday Night Live" and Bridesmaids. As for the rest of the supporting cast, getting McBride and Hader involved (who have previously starred in Hot Rod and Tropic Thunder together) is just icing on the cake. Hader is playing Rags, the friend and henchman of an eccentric local quarry owner (Hall) who agrees to help David's character settle the score. Meanwhile, Hudson will play Hamm's wife, Keaton will portray the erratic and eccentric operator of the quarry, and McBride is playing David's best friend. Finally, Ryan is on board as the ex-girlfriend of David's character who has been hiding an explicit secret since before they dated.
With this cast, I can't wait to see how this movie turns out, especially with a lot of improvisation being encouraged as an integral part of the comedy. And for all you Larry David fans out there, he had help writing the script from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" scribes like Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer. But keep in mind, this is an HBO Films production, so we'll likely see this show up on the cable network rather than in theaters. But with projects like The Girl (a Hitchcock centric film with Toby Jones and Sienna Miller), it's about time we pay attention to these HBO Films endeavors as if they were theatrical movies.