Ben Stiller has done some good for the world. He’s also done some meh. But with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, he seems to be vying for sainthood. The star/director of the remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye fantasy dramedy has decided to put some of Hollywood’s greatest comedic forces in a room together and roll camera. Cast for some time now is Kristen Wiig, whose praises need not be sung. Last week, we learned that Patton Oswalt, himself on the rise in the public eye, was joining the picture. And now, as if things we’re just dandy enough, the quartz clock of humor is Adam Scott is on board. News this good makes me want to throw on my Batman suit, chow down on a Low Cal Calzone and get to working on my Claymaysh.
The film follows Walter Mitty (Stiller), a lonely photograph manager at a magazine who lives out his dreams vicariously through other peoples’ pictures. The meek fellow, lovestruck with a coworker (Wiig) accidentally misplaces a photo negative and heads out on a quest to find it—earning his first taste of real adventure. Oswalt costars as an eHarmony agent who tries to help Mitty woo Wiig’s character.
While Scott’s role is yet undisclosed, we can expect a good deal of stone-faced snark: that is what the man has become known for via his characters on Parks and Recreation and Party Down. Although it wasn’t until recently that Scott began to skyrocket in terms of notoriety, the actor has maintained a steady career both in film and on television for years. One of Scott’s earliest roles was that of Griff Hawkins, post-Harley leader of the “bad crowd” at John Adams High on the life-affirming TV series that is Boy Meets World. More recently, Scott appeared in Step Brothers and Our Idiot Brother, and will be seen in the upcoming Friends with Kids (also starring Wiig) and A.C.O.D..
Nothing would make me happier than a Scott/Oswalt pairing. The comic potential in this coupling is almost horrifying. But whatever role the newcomer gets, it’s sure to be a good one. I can confidently say that with the addition of Scott to this cast, we are having fun yet.