We’d wager that most Hollywood actors get the urge to tell fans to “get lost.” Now, another Hollywood funnyman is getting ready to yell it back.
MTV News can report exclusively that “Hot Rod” actor Danny McBride has been cast as Will Marshall in the upcoming Will Ferrell comedy remake “Land of the Lost,” with Ferrell revealing the news during an interview for his new basketball pic, “Semi-Pro.”
“We start shooting March 3rd,” Ferrell said, excited over re-visiting a favorite show from his younger years. “It’s a great cast: Danny McBride, [’Pushing Daisies’ actress] Anna Friel and myself. I think people will be very excited.”
McBride fills the shoes of Sid & Marty Kroft actor Wesley Eure, who portrayed the character in the classic 1970’s television show in which a family uncovers a fantastic world inhabited by dinosaurs and other strange creatures.
The Hollywood incarnation follows in theme, but abandons the family aspect and opts instead to follow a paleontologist (played by Ferrell), his assistant and their tour guide. Earlier this week, news surfaced that Friel had joined the production in the role of the assistant, leaving McBride to fill the shoes of the guide.
“Danny plays Will,” Ferrell revealed, confirming that the flick would keep the original names. “I play Rick Marshall, and then Anna is Holly.”
Quoting the classic theme, he grinned: “Marshall, Will and Holly - on a routine expedition.”
The retro-flick is the fourth high-profile comedy McBride has participated in during recent months, following the Judd Apatow-produced “Pineapple Express,” Ben Stiller’s “Tropic Thunder,” and “Drillbit Taylor” starring Owen Wilson.