AFM: Stand-Up Star Russell Peters Joins Buddy Comedy 'Three for the Road'
Stand-up star Russell Peters will take a lead role in Three for the Road, a raunchy buddy comedy/road movie from writer-director Brian Herzlinger (My Date With Drew).
The Canadian comedian will play Jack, a 38-year-old geek whose fiancee dumps him during their Star Wars-themed wedding for being "too immature." Looking to pick up his spirits, Jack's best friend Ben invites him on a cross-country road trip with his own fiancee (and Jack's nemesis), Kara. What was supposed to be a romantic trip for two becomes a battle for Ben's affection.
Herzlinger co-wrote the script for Three for the Road with Jay Black. Kerry David will produce the film with Paul Canterna and Clayton Peters as executive producers. Shooting is set to start in January. Imagination Worldwide has picked up sales rights for the project and is introducing it to international buyers at AFM.
Three for the Road will be the first starring film vehicle for Peters. Up till now, the comedian has only appeared in bit roles, though he will be one of the voices in Chuck Powers' upcoming animated feature Ribbit alongside Tim Curry and Sean Astin.
Peters has long reigned near the top of Forbes' annual list of the world's most successful comedians (ranked third this year). Peters' new stand up special, his Notorious World Tour as well as the accompanying behind-the-scenes documentary Russell Peters vs. the World, will be backed by Netflix, marking the company's first foray into live comedy.