It was announced today that Joel McHale has just been cast in the most perfect bit of doppelganging imaginable. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McHale will be playing Chevy Chase in a sort of National Lampoon origin story.
This is so perfect I think I’ve overloaded my brain. I need to lie down for a second.
How perfect is Joel McHale for this role? He’s got the height.
He’s got the moves.
He’s got the total inability to suffer fools.
And he’s also got that “I could snap at literally any moment” thing down pat.
Plus, he got in a few years of close-proximity character study. This movie, titled A Futile and Stupid Gesture, sounds exciting, though probably not the comedic romp we may be expecting. This isn’t a National Lampoon movie. Rather, it’s the story of Douglas Kenney (played by Will Forte), the co-founder of the franchise.
Kenney was the editor of the Harvard Lampoon when he met Henry Beard and Robert Hoffman, which, soon after graduation, resulted in the creation of National Lampoon, the humor magazine that became a major force and brand in 1970s comedy. Kenney ended up going Hollywood and succumbed to drug and alcohol issues before falling off a cliff in Hawaii under mysterious circumstances.
A Futile and Stupid Gesture is being directed by David Wain of Wet Hot American Summer, and will also star Domnhall Gleeson as the other co-founder.