David Wain’s ‘National Lampoon’ Movie Adds Joel McHale as Chevy Chase, ‘Broad City’ Star as John Belushi
Forget that crazy-expensive David Ayer-Will Smith fantasy-action buddy cop project — David Wain’s National Lampoon origin movie is the most exciting original feature brewing over at Netflix right now. And now that the casting process has begun, things are getting even more interesting for the film, as Joel McHale and Broad City’s John Gemberling have landed two very iconic roles, playing Chevy Chase and John Belushi, respectively.
THR reports that McHale will play his former Community co-star in A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Wain’s new film about the life and tragic death of National Lampoon founder Douglas Kenney. The Wrap adds that John Gemberling, who plays Abbi’s obnoxious roommate Bevers on Broad City, will portray Chase’s fellow SNL legend John Belushi, who similarly met an early, tragic end.
McHale and Gemberling join a cast that includes Will Forte as Kenney, the writer and actor who co-founded National Lampoon magazine back in 1970. Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Domhnall Gleeson will play co-founder Henry Beard. Kenney went on to write and produce Caddyshack, but his struggles with alcoholism ultimately led to his tragic death in Hawaii at the age of 33.
Wain is directing the film based on Josh Karp’s book A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever, which collects numerous interviews to tell the history of the magazine and Kenney’s tragically short life.
The director is best known for films like They Came Together and Wet Hot American Summer, the latter of which recently received a sequel series on Netflix. Wain also produces the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital, for which he sometimes writes and directs.