James Franco, Danny McBride, and More Join Seth Rogen's Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse
09.22.11 by Ryan
One of the long-gestating projects for actor-writer Seth Rogen has been the end-of-the-world horror-comedy Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse, which we first reported on in 2008. The "Jay" of the the title is Rogen's Knocked Up co-star Jay Baruchel. To promote the production, the two actors made an eight-minute short (NSFW) that took place in a dingy apartment with a dwindling water supply in a post-apocalyptic world.
Now, after several years of waiting, it looks as though the full-length movie version is on the way, but will include more than just Baruchel and Rogen, as Rogen revealed to MTV:
We've decided to add more people, and so ideally Jay and Seth has — and it looks like it has — become Jay, Seth, Jonah [Hill], Danny [McBride], Craig [Robinson] and James [Franco]. And we all play ourselves.
There's one person who won't be making the cast, and that's Daniel Radcliffe, who was once rumored to be up for a role. Rogen said that Radcliffe wasn't "willing to push things as far as we [are]." The likely R-rating of the movie may have been a bit much for the former boy-wizard.
Due to the growing cast, the movie may soon be called simply The Apocalypse, and will serve as Rogen's directorial debut, along with his writing partner, Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express). Rogen recently told The Winnipeg Free Press that the movie, which the actor described as "so personal", will go into production next February. He also shared some plot details.
It's a movie about a bunch of friends who are stuck in a house together as the apocalypse happens outside and they kind of barricade themselves in. They think they've kind of survived the worst and then they realize they all really can't stand to be around each other as they're stuck in this house together. It's a very strange movie, but it's gonna happen.