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A FUTILE AND STUPID GESTURE: Will Forte To Star [Netflix]

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Will Forte cast as lead in A Futile and Stupid Gesture. The Saturday Night Live veteran is set to play National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney in the proposed Netflix original movie.

If negotiations go through, Netflix will adapt the 2006 book of the same name by Josh Karp. Also attached to the project are screenwriters Michael Colton and John Aboud and director David Wain, who previously worked with the streaming service on it’s Wet Hot American Summer prequel series. Meanwhile, The Hangover and Office alum Ed Helms will serve as one of the production’s several executive producers.

Having spent eight years on SNL and carried the successful Fox comedy The Last Man on Earth, Forte is well-suited to play the role of Kenney, who helped shaped comedy into what it is today:

“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 not only a major force in 1970s comedy but a major brand, too, with a radio show, recordings, and movies under its name. He and the magazine were responsible for launching the careers of many key comedy voices, including John Belushi and John Hughes.

Kenney steered the ship in the early years but went to Hollywood when he became a co-writer on National Lampoon’s Animal House and later Caddyshack. By the late 1970s, when his Hollywood career was in full swing, drugs and alcohol were taking a toll.”

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