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Joel McHale to play Chevy Chase in the National Lampoon origin movie


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Well this is streets ahead! Joel McHale, who starred with Chevy Chase in Community, is set to play Chase in a new film that looks at the origins of National Lampoon. Broad City actor John Gemberling is set to portray John Belushi.

 Joel McHale

Joel McHale

I would have liked to see Ryan Reynolds as Chevy, but McHale is more than up for the task.

The film is called A Futile and Stupid Gesture. Will Forte is starring as National Lampoon co-founder Douglas Kenney with Domnhall Gleeson as fellow co-founder Henry Beard in the feature being directed by David Wain, the co-creator of Wet Hot American Summer.

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 a major force and brand in 1970s comedy. Kenney ended up going Hollywood and succumbed to drug and alcohol issues before falling off a cliff in Hawaii under mysterious

John Gemberling

John Gemberling

circumstances. Kenney co-wrote Caddyshack, the 1980 comedy that was an early Chase hit, and the two were close friends. Chase was with his troubled pal in Hawaii before his death but returned to Los Angeles for work. He was set to fly back when he received word that Kenney was missing.

Peter Principato and Jonathan Stern are producing. Ed Helms is executive producing along with Michael Colton and John Aboud, who wrote the script. Ben Ormand, Ted Hamm and Sean McKittrick are also exec producing.

Filming is set to begin this month.

Via The Wrap, THR


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