Fans of the NBC Thursday night comedy block, prepare to get excited: real-life comedy couple Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) and Megan Mullally (“Parks and Rec,” “Party Down”) are joining up with Alison Brie (“Community”) to star in the same movie together. Don’t get too excited, though – they’re all playing supporting roles. Variety reports that they’ve signed on for Toy’s House, an indie comedy about three young boys who run away from home, build a makeshift house in the woods, and live off the land. More below.
Here’s Variety’s rundown of the characters:
[Nick] Robinson will play Joe Toy, a sharp-witted teen who can’t stand living with his grumpy father, who will be played by Offerman.
[Gabriel] Basso plays his best friend Patrick, a gentle giant who looks out for Joe. [Moises] Arias is in negotiations to play Biaggio, a social outcast who finds acceptance from the other two boys.
Mullally will play Patrick’s overly attentive mother, while Brie will make a brief appearance as Joe’s sister.
Erin Moriarty will also star as a beautiful love interest who provides some conflict between the boys, and we’ll get our first real look at her acting skills in this summer’s comedy The Watch as she plays Vince Vaughn’s daughter. Plus, “24” alum Mary Lynn Rajskub returns to the comedy world here as a cop who’s on the hunt for the three youths.
Sounds a bit like Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, what with the kid-centric plot and the whole “running away” aspect. This very well could be a Stand By Me for the next generation, so I’m hoping it’s as good as Rob Reiner’s classic. First time director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is behind the camera here, and rookie screenwriter Chris Galletta penned the script, so they’ve got a lot to live up to with a first feature.
I’m obviously a big fan of the cast, so I’ll be keeping my eye on this one. Are you as excited as I am about the prospect of all these great comedic actors working together?