Matt Walsh to take the 'High Road'

8:00 PM PST 07/15/2010 by Jay A. Fernandez, AP

Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder to direct feature

If anyone knows how to fly by the seat of his pants, it's actor Matt Walsh.

One of the founders of the Chicago-based comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, Walsh will direct an improvised feature called "High Road" that he wrote with Josh Weiner. And he has recruited a raft of well-known comedians to star, including Horatio Sanz ("Saturday Night Live"), Rob Riggle ("The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"), Abby Elliott ("SNL"), Lizzy Caplan ("Hot Tub Time Machine"), Kyle Gass ("Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny") and Zach Woods ("The Office").

The film follows a part-time weed dealer who goes on the run with a 16-year-old smartass after a drug deal goes bad. Joe Lo Truglio, Andrew Daly, Brandon Johnson, Seth Morris, Joe Nunez, Rich Fulcher and Dylan O'Brien also have joined the cast.

"After creating an improvised sitcom for Spike TV called 'Players,' I wanted to try my skills at a longer format, and I am fortunate enough to know some of the funniest actors around," Walsh said.

Northern Lights Films is producing and financing the project, which began shooting this week. Jay Cohen, Gersh's head of film financing and packaging, is repping the project.

Walsh and Inman Young are producing with Northern Lights president Kirk Roos ("Stan's Cup"). The company's Erik Rommesmo and Jeff Schlossman serve as executive producers.

Repped by Gersh and Principato Young, Walsh recently appeared in "Cyrus," "The Hangover," "Role Models" and "Step Brothers." He next has a role in Warner Bros.' November comedy "Due Date."

Walsh created, executive produces and stars in "Players," which returns to Spike TV next week.
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