September 26, 2012 10:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fred Willard, Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr. Join HBO's Christopher Guest Comedy (Exclusive)
Christopher Guest has enlisted a roster of familiar faces for his upcoming HBO documentary-style comedy series Family Tree.
Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr. have boarded the series in recurring roles, while Don Lake has booked a guest gig, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The project centers on 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd) who, after losing his job and his girlfriend, begins exploring his family heritage after inheriting a mysterious box from a great aunt he never met. Unsure of his identity, he uncovers a world of unusual stories and characters -- as well as a growing sense of who he and his real family are.
Begley will play Tom's Uncle Andy; Willard will play Andy's neighbor, Mike; and McKean will play Tom's father, Keith. Lake will play a friend of Tom's cousin.
Begley, Willard and McKean are regular staples in Guest's mockumentary features, all having appeared in For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind, Best in Show and This Is Spinal Tap; Lake appeared in all but Spinal Tap.
Begley is repped by Innovative and Industry; Willard and Lake are with AEF; McKean is with APA and Harriet Sternberg.
HBO picked up Family Tree straight to series in August, ordering eight episodes of the single-camera half-hour effort, which will air simultaneously on the BBC2 in the U.K. The series is produced by NBC Universal International TV's Lucky Giant Productions' Guest, Piddock and Karen Murphy.