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STEVEN SODERBERGH IS UP TO SOMETHING

By / 04.01.08

Director Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight, Traffic, Ocean’s 11) is clearly up to something.  The cast of his upcoming thriller The Informant includes:

The Soup host Joel McHale, Scott Bakula of Quantum Leap, Mike O’Malley from Yes, Dear (apparently it’s a show), comedians Andrew Daly, Tom Papa, and Rick Overton, and a couple others you’ve probably never heard of.  Oh yeah, and Matt Damon.

Bakula and McHale will play FBI agents working with agri-business insider Mark Whitacre (Damon) to stop a price-fixing scam. The film is based on Kurt Eichenwald’s 2000 best-seller "The Informant: A True Story."

So what’s up with the weird casting?

Although the subject matter is serious, one behind-the-scenes informant said Soderbergh is looking to create a thriller with dark comedy elements. He chose comedic actors who haven’t been overexposed on film, planning to have them play their roles seriously and have a humorous tone emerge naturally. [Hollywood Reporter]

An intentionally unintentionally funny movie; very interesting.  However, I can’t imagine it’ll work without the master of unintentional comedy, Nic Cage.  Unless Wicker Man was intentionally funny, in which case Nic Cage is a genius; a frozen-faced savant.  I’ve already cast him as the lead in my Schindler’s List miniseries, alongside Mickey Rourke, Paul Walker, Nick Nolte, Mini Me, and Olympia Dukakis. 


TAGSJOEL MCHALEScott BakulaSTEVEN SODERBERGHTHE INFORMANT

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