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Josh Gad Confirmed to Play Roger Ebert in STX's 'Russ & Roger' Film

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September 1, 2015
Source: THR

Roger Ebert

It's official. Hollywood Reporter is announcing that actor Josh Gad has signed on to play the late film critic Roger Ebert in the project Russ & Roger. We first reported on this earlier in the year, and are following up with the confirmation. STX Entertainment is developing the comedy focused around the film critic and filmmaker Russ Meyer, to be played by Will Ferrell. Michael Winterbottom will be directing, from a script by Chris Cluess. THR doesn't mention a start date, but this is the kind of news that means it's happening sooner than later. Gad has been making quite a name for himself recently (he's in Pixels, Wish I Was Here, The Wedding Ringer and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast) and this sounds like a nice score. Read on.

As reported originally, Russ & Roger (originally titled Russ & Roger Go Beyond) is about the filmmaker Russ Meyer, who was a "sexploitation king" that made wild movies like Wild Gals of the Naked West and Faster Pussycat! Kill Kill!. After getting a deal at 20th Century Fox, he partnered with Roger Ebert to make the film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which Ebert wrote the script for. If you've seen/read Life Itself, you've definitely heard Ebert talk about that chapter of his life. Fun times. Winterbottom is directing Russ & Roger, from a script by Chris Cluess and a production polish by Winterbottom, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons. We'll be keeping an eye on this film as it comes together with Gad and Ferrell as Roger and Russ.

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  • DAVIDPD
    Let Gad FLY!!!~ This is great casting. I will wait with anticipation to see Gad can do in the leading, dramatic role department. His time has come. Better not f--k it up.
  • Charles Knowlton
    I liked Roger Ebert as much as any movie lover, but a MOVIE about the guy? He was just a FILM CRITIC. Can we keep things in perspective? I can see the Brian Williams story coming soon to a theater near you.
    • MattPeloquin
      This comment makes me sad...
    • I agree, this sounds whack
  • ummmmmmmm
    Strange casting decision...doesn't look anything like him...Josh Gad looks like someone built him in a Jewish Actor Factory.
    • Bee
      Actors of fully Jewish background: Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Debra Winger, Eric Balfour, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy. Andrew Garfield and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are Jewish, too (though I don’t know if both of their parents are). Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black D’Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, Ryan Potter. Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman. Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised. Robert Downey, Jr. and Sean Penn were also born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Armie Hammer and Chris Pine are part Jewish. Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism: Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
  • Blue42
    I can't stand Josh Gad. I don't get his appeal.

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