One of these days William H. Macy is finally going to star in the role he was born to play: Ned Flanders in a live-action version of The Simpsons
. Until then, we're going to have to exercise patience before the Mamet-acolyte-turned-Hollywood-star sees the light.
Macy and Jon Cryer have joined the cast
of Robert Rodriguez's family-comedy-adventure Shorts, slated for
release sometime in 2009. Rodriguez will be directing based on his own
screenplay, and producing along with Elizabeth Avellen under their Troublemaker Studios banner. The film will begin production
shortly in Austin, Texas.
Warner Brothers announced the cast last Thursday, which will include Devon Gearhart, Leo Howard, Rebel Rodriguez, Jimmy Bennet, Jolie Vanier, Kat Dennings, James Spader, Jonathan Breck, Trevor Gagnon and the appropriately-named Jake Short.
Shorts takes place in everyone's favorite metaphor-laden
inhabitance: an American suburb. And (social commentary ahoy!) all the
houses are identical and everyone works for the same gadget
manufacturer: the monolithic Black Box. All hell breaks
loose when an 11-year-old boy is hit in the head with a rainbow-colored
rock that grants wishes, and adults and kids scramble to get their paws on the MacGuffin. Remember that part of Kazaam where the bad
guy steals Shaquille O'Neal and starts getting his wishes granted? Hopefully it'll be kinda like that.
Shorts on IMDb
YouTube: William H. Macy plays the ukulele for Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and John Travolta on Oprah (!!!)
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