‘Veep’ Stars Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh Are Developing a Football Comedy Movie
It’s hard to choose just one standout actor on HBO’s Veep, since every cast member is perfectly, funny-bone-breakingly hilarious. And now two of those incredibly funny people are stepping out to make what will likely be an incredibly funny movie together. Timothy Simons (Jonah, aka Jonad) and Matt Walsh are joining forces to develop a new comedy…about college football.
Per Variety, Simons and Walsh are taking a break from political comedy to tackle sports comedy with Red Shirt, which will be produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and distributed by Paramount. No plot details are currently available, but the term “red-shirting” refers to the decision to have a player sit out for a year to continue their eligibility in the following year. That may give you some idea of where Simons and Walsh are going with this.
Thanks to his role as the insufferable Jonah on Veep, Simons has become a breakout star, and appears next in Goosebumps opposite Jack Black, as well as Michelle Darnell with Melissa McCarthy and Gold with Matthew McConaughey. He’s also starring in Christine, the new dark indie drama from Simon Killer director Antonio Campos, which tells the true story of a Florida news broadcaster who committed suicide on the air. That film co-stars Michael C. Hall and Rebecca Hall.
As for Walsh, in addition to the upcoming fifth season of Veep, he has a role opposite Kevin Bacon in the horror thriller 6 Miranda Drive, and a supporting role in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.