Deadline reports that actor Steve Coogan, who played a misguided film director in Tropic Thunder and a delusional drama teacher cum director in Hamlet 2, is joining the cast of My Idiot Brother as a “self-righteous documentary filmmaker.” I don’t know what it is about Steve Coogan, but he’s somehow become the go-to guy to play directors with personality disorders. Coogan joins Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, Zooey Deschanel, and Rashida Jones in the film, “about family and the sacrifices it takes to deal with them.”
My Idiot Brother is the latest indie comedy from director Jesse Peretz (The Ex) and a team of producers (Anthony Bregman, Peter Saraf, and Marc Turtletaub) whose credits include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Little Miss Sunshine – a fact that I hope speaks to the film’s prospects. Novice writing team Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall penned the script.
Rudd will play an idealist (and titular idiot) who must deal with his overbearing mother when she crashes at the houses of his three ambitious sisters, presumably resulting in both comedy and catharsis for all involved.