Pena, Swardson clocking in '30 Minutes'
Duo eyeing roles opposite Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari
Michael Pena and Nick Swardson are in negotiations to star alongside Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari in Media Rights Capital's "30 Minutes or Less." The film is scheduled to begin production in the summer with Ruben Fleischer directing.
"30 Minutes" revolves around a junior high history teacher (Ansari) and a pizza-delivery man who are forced to rob a bank when one of them is strapped to a bomb vest. (McBride is one of the men looking to score some cash.)
Pena is slated to play a tatooed assassin, while Swardson ("Reno 911") will play McBride's best friend.
Pena, McBride and Ansari starred in last year's dark comedy "Observe & Report."
Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan wrote the script. Red Hour's Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld are producing with Jeremy Kramer. Sony is distributing.
Pena, repped by CAA and Management 360, recently wrapped shooting Columbia Pictures' "Battle: Los Angeles" opposite Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez and the indie feature "The Good Doctor" with Orlando Bloom and Taraji P. Henson.
Swardson, repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment, will headline his own sketch comedy show on Comedy Central this fall titled "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time." He is in postproduction on Columbia's "Born to Be Star," which he co-wrote, co-produces and stars in, and will next be seen in the Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston starrer "Just Go With It."
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