'Submarine' Director Richard Ayoade Gets 'Neighborhood Watch' Role

September 13, 2011
Source: Variety

Richard Ayoade

In addition to helming the twisted, coming-of-age comedy Submarine (read my glowing review here), British talent Richard Ayoade might be better known for his hilarious role in the comedy series "The IT Crowd" (which also features Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd) from across the pond. Now, just like his TV co-star, Ayoade is beginning to hit the big screen in front of the camera as Variety reports the British funnyman has just landed a role in the forthcoming sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch. He joins quite an impressive array of comedic talent that already includes Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill.

Apparently Ayoade even beat out Rush Hour star Chris Tucker, who hasn't made a film since the third installment of the action comedy franchise in 2007. While I would've been interested in seeing how Tucker meshed with the aforementioned trio of comedians, I'm even more please to see someone like Ayoade get a role in a big American comedy like this. For those just joining us, the film follows a group of suburban fathers who start a neighborhood watch group as a front for some male bonding time away from the family. But wouldn't you know it, the group ends up discovering a sinister plot to destroy the world from a dangerous extra-terrestrial force. With a script from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (who wrote Superbad), I'm already sold.

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments


Its looks like a new series of the IT Crowd is looking bleaker and bleaker...

DAVIDPD on Sep 14, 2011



DAVIDPD on Sep 14, 2011


Who's directing this movie?

The_Kid89 on Sep 14, 2011


Akiva Shaffer, member of The Lonely Island and director of Hot Rod.

Ethan Anderton on Sep 14, 2011


Bonus, he's super funny. I really liked Submarine too.

Crapola on Sep 14, 2011


Sounds fun, but I consider Vaughn to be highly toxic movie-poison. Stiller for the most part as well as I grow weary of Hill to boot. Im looking forward to Ayoade on the big screen but it seems like he's the only thing keeping this movie seeming fresh and interesting.

Voice of Reason on Sep 14, 2011


I dunno guys... this movie kinda feels like it could be 'Attack the Block' only whitewashed and with it's teeth pulled out. Does ANYBODY see what I did there?

That 1 Guy.... on Sep 14, 2011

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