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J.B. Smoove and Stephen Merchant get a Hall Pass

02.23.2010

When the Farrellys are on, they are ON. So their upcoming comedy HALL PASS was definitely something I've had my eye on. Then Jenna Fischer and Amanda Bynes get cast now and I got enough boners to last me till Christmas. How do you top that? You cast Stephen Merchant ("The Office", "Extras") and motherf*cking Leon, J.B. Smoove, from "Curb Your Enthusiasm"!

HALL PASS is about a pair of married couples that are given "get out of jail free cards" to engage in extramarital affairs, which I presume will not end up being all fun and games. Owen Wilson, playing the role of "Rick", is already attached as the lead along with SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis, who plays "Fred". Merchant and Smoove will play Rick and Fred's buddies who tag along for the hijinks.

The movie is set to start shooting today in Atlanta, GA and is expected to be released sometime next year. Merchant has CEMETERY JUNCTION coming up with his co-writer and co-director Ricky Gervais, as well as a starring role in John Landis's BURKE AND HARE opposite Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis. Smoove just recently wrapped the Shawn Levy-directed DATE NIGHT.
Extra Tidbit: The Best of Leon Black
Source: THR

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