Another comeback for Chevy Chase? It appears so as the veteran comedy actor has been cast in United Artist’s time-travel comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine.”
Currently shooting in Vancouver under the direction of Steve Pink, “Hot Tub” finds John Cusack and Rob Corddry as a bunch of unhappy guys who get thrown back to 1987 by the mysterious power of their — you guessed it — Jacuzzi. Chase will play a mysterious repairman who provides sage advice and may or many not be behind the magical road trip.
Pink is best known for his screenplay adaptation of “High Fidelity” and helming the teen comedy “Accepted.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is more than one shot return for the former “Saturday Night Live” icon. Chase has a role in the new NBC series “Community” and recently appeared in the Polish brother’s indie “Stay Cool.”
He’s also involved in a relaunch of the “Fletch” franchise which would have him reprising his role as the witty, LA investigative reporter. This reboot would find Chase’s “Fletch” guiding a journalist nephew and advising him on stories. Considering how many years a new “Fletch” movie has tried to get off the ground, whether this new incarnation will ever really come to pass is unclear.
“Hot Tub Time Machine” is schedule for release Feb. 26, 2010.