'Goldbergs' Star Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins Nicolas Cage in Bin Laden Comedy (Exclusive)
Larry Charles is directing the comedy.
The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey will star opposite Nicolas Cage in Army of One, a comedy from Endgame Entertainment and Conde Nast Entertainment.
Larry Charles, whose credits include the Sacha Baron Cohen hit Borat, is directing the project, which will be a TWC-Dimension release in North America.
The project has a script by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph (Draft Day) and is loosely based on Chris Heath's GQ magazine article.
The movie tells the larger-than-life, comedic true story of Gary Faulkner, a Colorado construction worker who travels to Pakistan — 11 times — on a self-proclaimed mission to capture Osama Bin Laden. Though he has neither special skills nor connections, he believes he's the perfect man for the job.
McLendon-Covey is portraying Cage's girlfriend in the film.
Producing are Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of CNÉ, Emile Gladstone of Emile Gladstone Productions, and Endgame's James D. Stern.
Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith will be oversee the project for Endgame. Patrick Newall will serve as executive producer.
Filming will begin later this spring.
McLendon-Covey currently stars as the overprotecting and overloving matriarch of the Goldberg clan in ABC comedy The Goldbergs. She is also hosting the Ellen DeGeneres-produced ABC show Repeat After Me. Feature-wise, she’s appeared in comedies ranging from Bridesmaids to Blended.
McLendon-Covey is repped by UTA, manager Gladys Gonzalez and attorney David Krintzman.