Joel McHale In Final Casting Negotiations To Star As Chevy Chase In Netflix Biopic


Comedian Joel McHale will get the chance to walk in a Community co-star's shoes when they reach a suitable agreement on the final negotiations for his role in a Netflix Biopic. Reports say that the Primetime Emmy nominated actor has been tapped to portray former Community castmate, Chevy Chase, in Netflix's A Futile and Stupid Gesture.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture is the adaptation of a published biography of the same title written by Josh Karp, which focuses on the life and times of National Lampoon co-founder Douglas Kenney from the time he was the editor of the "Harvard Lampoon" up until his tragic death.

The Netflix adaptation will star Will Forte as Kenney and Domhnall Gleeson as the National Lampoon co-founder Henry Beard.

The biopic will be directed by Wet Hot American Summer's David Wain with a projected budget range of $15 - 20 million. Michael Colton and John Aboud, both former editors of "Harvard Lampoon," wrote the script.

McHale has worked with Chase for five of six season of Community so he may have a good idea of how to impersonate his co-star, which could really give him an edge for the role. However, it may not be all comedy for the 44-year-old actor who continues to have sold out comedy shows because of Chase's role in Kenney's life.

Chase is actually a dear friend of Kenney and he was the person who went on a trip with him to Hawaii to cheer the editor up. That also means that Chase was the last among Kenney's friends and acquaintances to see him alive because the editor went missing after Chase flew back to Los Angeles. Kenney's body was found at the bottom of a cliff a few days later but, until now, no one is sure about the circumstances surrounding his death.

Netflix is hoping to get production started within the month.

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