Chris O'Dowd is Joining Max Winkler's Period Comedy 'The Coward'
After unveiling the comedy Ceremony on the festival circuit in 2010, director Max Winkler (son of actor Henry Winkler) has kept busy directing episodes of series like "New Girl" and "The New Normal." But now the filmmaker is heading back to the big screen with a new unique comedy called The Coward with "Girls" star Adam Driver in the lead. In addition, The Wrap has word that rising comedy star Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids, This is 40, The Sapphires) is taking another lead role in the film about a cowardly nobleman (Driver) who hails from a family whose men typically lose all their gunfights rather fatally. More below!
And here's where O'Dowd comes into play. When the cowardly nobleman panics after initiating a duel himself, he finds a common criminal (O'Dowd) to take his place. But the criminal has plans of his own as he aims to steal the nobleman's identity in the process. Winkler wrote the script with his Ceremony producer Matt Spicer, and it's actually based on a play by Nick Jones. This sounds like quite the unique comedy, and it'll be interesting to see if this one goes the festival route like Ceremony, especially since Big Beach, who has brought plenty of films to the festival circuit, is funding. Stay tuned.