Every once in a while, you hear a piece of movie news that makes you go, “WTF?” Then, after a few seconds of letting it sink in, you go, “WTF?” and eventually after you go through that cycle a few more times, you start to think maybe it sounds like a good idea. In this case, that news is the casting of The Rock (I know he likes to go by Dwayne Johnson now, but seriously dude, you’re The Rock, live with it), Steve Coogan and movie geek god emeritus, Samuel L. Jackson in a new film by “Anchorman” director, Adam McKay which also stars Will Ferrell and Marky Mark, he also goes by a more respectable name now, but people don’t forget, Mark. For more details on the flick, hit the jump.
Variety is reporting that Johnson, Coogan, and Jackson have signed on to join Ferrell and Wahlberg in the police action comedy, “The Other Guys”, in which Johnson and Jackson are set to star as a team of super cops, the stars of their department and the competition for the hapless duo of Ferrell and Wahlberg. See what I mean? Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell teaming up? That’s pretty goddamn weird, but it’s also pretty goddamn interesting. If this movie, with this premise, manages to capture at least half of the manic ensemble madness of McKay and Ferrell’s “Anchorman”, it could be something to watch out for. Steve Coogan as the villain of piece is the cherry on top, his performance as the pretentious and douchey director in “Tropic Thunder” was a highlight of that flick.
I know that there are some mixed opinions about McKay and Ferrell out there, but this sounds really interesting and funny to me. And anybody who can’t at least chuckle at a few parts of “Anchorman” is dead inside. It’ll be worth checking out if for no other reason than to see how Wahlberg and Ferrell play off each other, I can see some real chemistry developing there. The whole thing is striking me as an awesome movie to watch late at night with your buddies with a twelve pack of Blue Moon, and that’s a valuable kind of movie. The film is set to come out August 6th of next year, and sounds like it’ll bring the laughs if you bring the beer.