‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Photo Reveals Joe Manganiello’s Casting
In our exhausting time of remakes, reboots and nostalgia-driven adaptations, it’s refreshing to be excited for a new Pee-wee Herman film. Paul Reubens’ classic character is so joyful and lovable that it’s hard not to be thrilled about a new Pee-wee movie, even if it is tugging on our old nostalgia strings. Adding to our excitement is the latest addition to the cast: Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello, who apparently (and appropriately) plays a biker.
Seriously, it’s about time someone cast Joe Manganiello as a biker. He just looks the part. Reubens himself made the announcement of Maganiello’s addition to the cast today via Twitter, while the official Pee-wee site offered a handful of photos from the set, featuring Reubens in full Pee-wee costume sitting behind Manganiello on a motorcycle.
Reubens expressed his joy over working with Manganiello in this statement:
Joe’s already my friend in real life and he’s tremendously talented and a terrific person! I am so glad we are FINALLY going to get to work together! This totally makes up for being cut out of Magic Mike and Magic Mike 2!
Paul Reubens is one of the great comic geniuses of our time. Growing up, my Saturday mornings were all about Pee-wee Herman. I saw everything he did. I can’t believe that I’m going to get to share scenes with one of the iconic figures of my childhood.
Reubens co-wrote the script for the long-awaited film with Paul Rust, while Judd Apatow is producing the project for exclusive distribution on Netflix. Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer director John Lee is making his feature directorial debut on the project — those are some really exciting names.
The film will follow Pee-wee as he meets a mysterious stranger who inspires him to take his first-ever vacation (his Big Adventure didn’t really count, you know). Netflix has yet to announce a release date.