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.