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Will Ferrell in talks to play Russ Meyer in Russ & Roger Go Beyond

Aug. 1, 2014by:

There are so many great points to this story I don’t even know where to begin, let's just do it. Will Ferrell is reportedly circling the role of provocative film director Russ Meyer for RUSS & ROGER GO BEYOND which chronicles the relationship between Meyer and Roger Ebert. It’s known by most people who bothered to check out Ebert’s resume that he actually had a screenplay credit; he and Russ Meyer developed and produced 1970’s BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. I’ve seen the movie, it’s schlock theater at its best (or is it worst?) and having recently watched LIFE ITSELF, the great documentary about Roger Ebert, I was reminded about the movie.

RUSS & ROGER GO BEYOND which is penned by The Simpsons and SNL writer Christopher Cluess will follow their path to getting Dolls made, including the ratings board controversy surrounding the film’s X rating. The project is gaining momentum now that Ferrell is said to be interested as well as a few filmmakers as Deadline reports that that Edgar Wright is “intrigued”. If Ferrell does sign on, producers are hoping to start shooting next year.

It all sounds too good to be true at this point; do you know how crazy the making of BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS must have been? Edgar Wright and Will Ferrell could only work magic with a story like this. Although Wright seems to be competing with Guillermo del Toro for how many projects they can say their doing; he’s got BABY DRIVER and GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE lined up. So at this point nothing is official expect that this project is firmly on top of my dream list.

Who do you think should play Ebert?

Extra Tidbit: I love IMDBs trademark for Russ Meyer: "Casts women with abnormally large breasts."
Source: Deadline

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10:10PM on 08/02/2014
This is my happening and it freaks me out!
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11:09AM on 08/02/2014

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9:56AM on 08/02/2014
Ferrell as Russ Meyer? Yes, please.
Ferrell as Russ Meyer? Yes, please.
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11:40PM on 08/01/2014
Hahaha this is awesome!
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8:34PM on 08/01/2014
Boobs ahoy!!!
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7:46PM on 08/01/2014
Hmm, who'd play Ebert?
Hmm, who'd play Ebert?
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7:49PM on 08/01/2014
Good question! Added.

I can't picture any top actors who would look the part...hmmm.
Good question! Added.

I can't picture any top actors who would look the part...hmmm.
7:55PM on 08/01/2014
Thanks! A much younger Oliver Platt is all I have right now. Jim Gaffigan?
Thanks! A much younger Oliver Platt is all I have right now. Jim Gaffigan?
8:06PM on 08/01/2014
I just thought of Nathan Lane but then kinda hated myself for it.
I just thought of Nathan Lane but then kinda hated myself for it.
8:16PM on 08/01/2014
Jonah Hill maybe? He's proven himself well enough as a dramatic actor and is the appropriate age and dimensions as Ebert at the time.
Jonah Hill maybe? He's proven himself well enough as a dramatic actor and is the appropriate age and dimensions as Ebert at the time.
8:28PM on 08/01/2014
I was going to say Jonah Hill too. Josh Gad also looks the part, but I'd rather he not be in this one... If Edgar Wright does end up directing, maybe Nick Frost! Looks like a cool project regardless.
I was going to say Jonah Hill too. Josh Gad also looks the part, but I'd rather he not be in this one... If Edgar Wright does end up directing, maybe Nick Frost! Looks like a cool project regardless.
9:36PM on 08/01/2014
Jonah Hill would be nice.
Jonah Hill would be nice.
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