Kristen Wiig Attached to Star in Action-Comedy by THE DESCENDANTS Writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

     February 28, 2012

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Fresh off their Oscar win for The Descendants in the Best Adapted Screenplay category, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash have sold an original action-comedy pitch to Indian Paintbrush.  Variety reports that Kristen Wiig—a nominee herself in the Best Original Screenplay section with Bridesmaids—is attached to star.  Details are scarce, but that is already a very talented roster if the deals come together.  Faxon, Rash, and Wiig are all graduates of the Los Angeles improv troupe The Groundlings, so the comedic rapport should come naturally.  But I am curious to hear more about this “action” element.

We are surely in the midst of a Faxon/Rash breakout.  The duo will shoot their directorial debut The Way, Way Back this summer with Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney.  Rash will continue appearing on Community once it returns on March 15, and as long as it can cling to the airwaves.  Additionally, The Live Feed reports Faxon has just signed on to the Fox pilot Ned Fox Is My Manny.  He plays a brother who moves in with his sister (Abby Elliot), a single mother, to help her raise her baby.

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