'Barry' Breakout Anthony Carrigan Joins 'Bill & Ted Face the Music' as Villain (Exclusive)
Anthony Carrigan, who plays fan favorite NoHo Hank on HBO's Barry, has joined Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment of the Bill & Ted comedies.
Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) is directing the movie, which has a script by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, the screenwriter duo behind the first two Bill & Ted films. The pic is set to begin shooting in July in New Orleans.
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The cast already includes William Sadler, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine and Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi).
The new story, according to the production, once again centers on the affable best friends, now middle-aged and still yet to fulfill their rock 'n' roll destiny. When a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe, the pair sets out on a new adventure, helped along by their daughters, old friends, a new batch of historical figures and a few music legends.
Carrigan's character details are being kept in a phone booth, but it is known that he will be the duo's relentless adversary.
Scott Kroopf, who produced Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, is producing the new movie alongside Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce on behalf of Hammerstone Studios.
Steven Soderbergh, R. Scott Reid, John Ryan Jr., Scott Fischer and John Santilli are acting as executive producers.
Media entrepreneur and producer David Haring and Patrick W. Dugan of Dugan Entertainment are financing. Orion Pictures, which distributed the first two pics in 1989 and 1991, will release Face the Music via its United Artists label, with an Aug. 21, 2020, bow slated.
Endeavor Content is handling international sales for the title.
Face the Music solidifies Carrigan's breakout hot streak and comes on the heels of the actor booking a gig opposite Kevin Hart in the upcoming Sony dramedy Fatherhood, Paul Weitz's adaptation of the best-seller Two Kisses for Maddy.
Carrigan appeared on such TV shows as Parenthood and The Flash before landing a recurring role on the Batman-themed series Gotham. However, it has been his scene-stealing turn as a good-natured but deadly Chechen gangster known as NoHo Hank on Barry that has trampolined him into cult status. The dark comedy was recently renewed by HBO for a third season and is generating plenty of Emmy buzz.
Carrigan is repped by ICM Partners and Schlegel Entertainment.
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