The aptly named The Apocalypse is looking more and more like The Avengers of comedies with each casting story. Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, James Franco, and Craig Robinson are already set to star, with Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg making their directorial debut on the project. Now Aziz Ansari has revealed that he’ll be appearing in the pic as well. Moreover, Ansari said that everyone is basically playing themselves in the comedy. The story concerns all the aforementioned actors showing up at James Franco’s house for a party, then the apocalypse starts happening. Hit the jump for more.
“It’s basically all of us playing ourselves. Me, McBride, Jonah, Seth — everyone’s playing themselves, and the bit is James Franco’s having a party at his house, and the Apocalypse starts happening.”
The Apocalypse is based on a short film called Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse that Rogen and Baruchel made a few years ago. In that short, the two were basically playing themselves but they didn’t appear to be playing “movie stars.” I assume that’s the character basis for the feature version, though it would certainly be fun to see all the actors in self-parody mode (especially Franco). Ansari is a standout on the best comedy currently on television, Parks and Recreation, and I’d love to see him expand his movie career. That Raaaaandy movie can’t be too far down the road.
Filming on The Apocalypse begins soon in New Orleans, and a release date was recently set for June 14th, 2013. Watch the short film that started it all, below.