Patton Oswalt Also Joins Ben Stiller in 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'
Though his turn in Big Fan didn't get the awards recognition it deserved, things looked good for Patton Oswalt after his touching and honest performance in Young Adult. Sadly, his exclusion from the Oscar noms this year was just one of many ridiculous snubs from the Academy, and the comedian and actor will just have to settle for ample critical praise this time around. Now Variety has word that Oswalt is getting back into some light comedy by taking a supporting role in the long gestating adaptation/remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller starring, directing and producing.
This version of the story will follow Stiller as a timid daydreamer who works at LIFE Magazine, where he develops photos of other people’s adventures rather than living his own. He finds himself having to play the hero when he’s tasked with finding a missing negative. Kristen Wiig was added to the cast last month as the love interest and Shirley MacLaine is going to play his mother. Meanwhile Oswalt will play Todd, a friendly eHarmony counselor who helps the protag create an online dating profile. No matter how small the role, Oswalt is always a welcome addition to any cast, and since I've been waiting to see this project since it was in the hands of Steven Spielberg and Jim Carrey, having this cast come together has me pretty excited.