Already set to appear in Judd Apatow's This is Forty, the upcoming spin-off of the director's 2008 hit Knocked Up, Variety reports that Lithgow has been cast in the comedy Dog Fight, which stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two rival politicians running for a congressional seat in a small North Carolina district election. What role Lithgow will play exactly is unknown.
John Lithgow is known for a variety of movie roles over his long career; though two of his most memorable have been on the small screen: his Emmy Award–winning role as the quirky alien Dick Solomon in the sitcom Third Rock From the Sun and, more recently, his Emmy and Golden Globe–winning turn as the creepy Trinity Killer in the fourth season of Dexter. His last movie role, that of James Franco's sympathetic father in the Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, but his latest projects imply that Lithgow is looking for more comedic roles than duplicitous serial killers.
Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses), Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) and Katherine LaNasa (Valentine's Day) will co-star in Dog Fight, which will be directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Dinner For Schmucks) from a script by Chris Henchy (The Other Guys) and Shawn Harwell (Eastbound and Down). Ferrell, Galifianakis and Adam McKay (Anchorman) will produce. jared harris boards Lincoln >> Posted 11.30.11 by Ryan
It's been a while since there was any news about a possible sequel to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, arguably one of Will Ferrell's funniest movies. Back in June, Ferrell said, "I was told we were [doing a sequel], and now I've heard it's too hard to get everyone together."
While promoting his latest movie, Funny People, producer Judd Apatow was questioned about the possibility of a sequel and admitted that Ferrell and his writing-directing partner on Anchorman, Adam McKay, had plans for their characters beyond the first movie.
When we made Anchorman, Adam and Will had a lot of ideas about what the sequel would be — they'd always laugh about where they'd take the characters.
Apatow said that it's only a "little bit more a possibility than it was a year ago," but added that the principal actors could play the parts any time, even when they become eligible for the senior citizen discount.
The great thing is, Will can be any age and play that character. Those anchormen sometimes have their jobs until they're 75 years old. So we would always laugh that this movie could work if everybody's really elderly. I hope we do it before that. Posted 08.28.09 by BrentJS
A trio of comedy super-heavyweights are teaming up to send up the Sherlock Holmes legend. According to Variety, Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Bruno) and Will Ferrell have signed on to star in a humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved detective stories, with Cohen playing the master Scotland Yard sleuth Holmes and Ferrell playing his intrepid assistant Watson. To complete the trifecta, none other than Judd Apatow is slated to produce. (Curiously, Variety fails to mention a director. These movies don't make themselves, people!)
The Cohen/Ferrell project is not to be confused with Guy Ritchie's upcoming Sherlock Holmes flick, which presumably won't be comedic. At least not intentionally.
Source: Variety Posted 07.02.08 by reelz
Not only is superman Judd Apatow producing anotherWill Ferrell comedy, but they're stocking up on cast members. Step Brothers, which will be directed by Ferrell favorite Adam McKay, will star Ferrell and John C. Reilly as best friends/step brothers/general shmoes. Mary Steenburgen (Parenthood) and Adam Scott (Knocked Up) have just signed on for supporting roles.
Dance funny men, dance! Posted 08.25.07 by reelz