Casting News: Jay Baruchel to Rock in THE REBEL KIND; Nick Swardson and TJ Miller Go Stop-Motion for HELL & BACK

     December 13, 2011

We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you this evening. First up, Jay Baruchel is set to star in The Rebel Kind. Based on the memoir by John Armstrong, the film centers around 1980s Vancouver-based band The Modernettes and “chronicles the emergence of the city’s punk-rock scene via a successful band that throws in the towel, realizing the deep cost of pursuing superstardom.” The script by Reg Harkema (Monkey Warfare) also includes a love story between the band’s frontman Buck Cherry and bass player Mary Jo Kopechne. In addition to writing the script, Harkema will also direct. Variety’s report doesn’t specify, but it’s assumed that Baruchel will be playing Cherry (whose real name is John Armstrong). Production will begin next fall in Vancouver.

Baruchel has a number of projects on his plate. He’s set to film Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse with Seth Rogen in February, is attached to the comedy Murder of a Cat, and is poised to adapt Baseballissimo, Random Acts of Violence and Exorcism Diaries with writing partner Jesse Chabot. Hit the jump for casting news regarding the stop-motion pic Hell & Back.

nick-swardson-imageAdditionally, Nick Swardson and TJ Miller (She’s Out of My League) have joined the cast of ShadowMachine’s R-rated stop-motion animation comedy Hell & Back. Deadline reports that the film centers on two best friends who set out to rescue their friend who’s been accidentally dragged to hell. Silly demons, always mistakenly dragging the wrong person to hell (except for that thief from Drag Me to Hell; she deserved it). Tommy Gianas (Tenacious D) and Ross Shuman are onboard to direct, and shooting is set to begin in January. ShadowMachine is the same company behind Robot Chicken and Moral Orel, if that gives you an idea of the tone for Hell & Back.


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