Jesse Eisenberg, star of Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland, will be working with the director again this summer in the comedy 30 Minutes Or Less, to begin production in July. Eisenberg will co-star alongside Aziz Ansari as two friends, a slacker pizza deliveryman and a junior high school teacher, who are coerced into robbing a bank when two bad guys, played by Danny McBride and Nick Swardson, force Eisenberg to wear a bomb.
The script is the work of two relative unknowns, Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan, but veteran comedy producer Ben Stiller has signed on to the project, along with Stuart Cornfield and Jeremy Kramer of Red Hour Productions. Fleisher reportedly chose to direct ’30 Minutes or Less’ over the fourth installment of Mission Impossible, so we can only hope that the script, which The Playlist is reporting is reminiscent of 2008’s Pineapple Express, must be pretty good – the kind of paycheck that a franchise flick guarantees is formidable.
It will be interesting to see whether Eisenberg breaks out of the nebbishy, neurotic mold that he has fashioned for himself with recent roles in Adventureland and Zombieland, or if he continues to play the sophisticate’s Jewish Michael Cera. Either way, an Eisenberg – Ansari pairing, plus the comic stylings of Danny McBride, sounds like potential comedy gold.