July 24, 2014 9:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Andy Samberg, Kit Harington Lead All-Star Cast of HBO Sports Mockumentary
HBO is headed to Wimbledon.
The premium cable network is teaming with Girls writer/co-EP Murray Miller and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg for 7 Days in Hell, a mockumentary send-up of professional tennis, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The one-off HBO Comedy Event is described as a sports mockumentary starring Samberg and Game of Thrones breakout Kit Harington as fierce tennis rivals in an epic, seven-day match at Wimbledon. Samberg will play Aaron Williams, a superstar tennis "bad boy," while Harington is set as Charles Lloyd Poole, an Andy Murray-type prodigy and certified truck driver who takes on Williams at Wimbledon 2004.
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The all-star cast includes Portlandia's Fred Armisen, Girls star Lena Dunham, Last Man on Earth's Will Forte, Selfie's Karen Gillan, Howie Mandel, Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, June Squibb and Soledad O'Brien, with the latter poised to play herself. Additional character details were not yet available, with more cast expected to be added to the project.
Kit Harington(Photo by: AP Images)
Based on an original concept from Miller and Samberg, the former will pen the script, with Saturday Night Live's Jake Szymanski on board to direct. Samberg, Miller and David Bernad (Enlightened) will executive produce. Jonathan Buss (The Sixties) is set to co-exec produce.
Samberg is repped by UTA, Mosaic and attorney P.J. Shapiro; Syzmanski is with CAA and Mosaic; Miller is with UTA and attorney Don Walerstein; and Harington is with CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.