Ty Burrell Joins Bill Hader & Kristen Wiig in 'Skeleton Twins' Comedy
Last week, news broke that former "Saturday Night Live" co-stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig will be reuniting on the big screen in a new indie comedy called The Skeleton Twins. The actors have worked together on a bunch of projects before, including Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Greg Mottola's Adventureland and Paul, but this time the comical duo will be playing twins. Luke Wilson has also joined the cast as Wiig's husband, and Variety reports that the hilarious "Modern Family" star and Emmy winner Ty Burrell has signed on to play Hader's former high school teacher turned lover. More below!
The story follows two estranged twins who reunite to talk about their issues after they separately cheat death. Wiig's character Maggie takes a hard look at her marriage to her "nature frat boy" husband (Wilson), while Hader's Milo reexamines an old relationship with his former teacher and lover (Burrell). Burrell's character has been fired from his job as a teacher and is now married, working in a bookstore, and is denying his homosexuality. When all is said and done, Maggie and Milo realize that even though their lives are a bit crazy, staying in touch might be the best thing for both of them.
Burrell has been juggling the occasional feature film (including voicework on Peabody & Sherman) with his busy "Modern Family" schedule, and The Skeleton Twins sounds like it could be a promising opportunity to work with some other very talented comedians. Director Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) is getting started with this project at the end of the month, but the film I'm most anticipating right now with Burrell's name on it is Switch, the upcoming quasi-prequel to Tarantino's Jackie Brown with Jennifer Aniston, Dennis Quaid, John Hawkes, and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) lined up to co-star. We'll keep you posted on both of these as we get closer to their release dates.