As great as Danny McBride is, the man hasn’t proven he can open a film on his own, and I seriously doubt his dark, cocksure sense of humor is ever going to crossover into the mainstream in a particularly big way. He was the best part of Pineapple Express and good in Tropic Thunder, and he’ll probably be the best part about Land of the Lost, but I’m not sure he’s cut out for leading man. That’s not going to stop him from trying, of course.
Indeed, Danny McBride has got two potentially big pictures lining up for him. First off, as we’ve reported before, McBride is attached to David Gordon Green’s Your Highness, alongside James Franco. Working from his own script (co-written with Ben Best), McBride will play a lazy, arrogant prince who, with his brother (Franco), must complete a quest to save the kingdom and his brother’s fiancee. Word comes today that Natalie Portman is in negotiations to join the pic. She’ll play a warrior princess with whom the lazy prince falls in love.
Danny McBride and Natalie Portman. That’s sweet. And kind of beyond the pale.
In other McBride related news, Shawn Harwell (aka Ben Best) is also working on adapting the graphic novel, Hench, for McBride. It’s about a football player who suffers a career-ending injury and ends up working as a henchman for a villain. The hope here, according to CHUD, is that Warner Brothers will set up the movie within the DC Comics universe, which would allow them to use supervillians from the DC Comics series. I’m not entirely sure which villain they’d try to use, but the DC Comics world does include folks like Lex Luthor, The Riddler, The Joker, and the rest of the Batman villains, as well as lesser knowns like Cheshire and Deadshot. Anyway: It’s kind of a cool idea and whether it performs well or not, it’ll probably be a decent movie.