11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jillian Bell to Star Opposite Ben Schwartz in Showtime's J.J. Abrams-James Corden Comedy
Jillian Bell is headed to Showtime.
The 22 Jump Street and Rough Night actress has been tapped to star opposite Ben Schwartz in the premium cable network's comedy pilot The Wrong Mans.
From executive producers J.J. Abrams and James Corden, The Wrong Mans is an action-comedy about two ordinary office workers who have their menial existence turned upside-down by a chance phone call and a case of mistaken identity: "If you are not here by 5 o’clock, we will kill your wife." As the only people who can help, these two unlikely characters must find their inner hero in their quest to save not just themselves, but their loved ones and ultimately their whole town.
The potential series is based on the BBC comedy of the same name created by and starring Corden and Matthew Baynton. Bell will play Anne, based on Cordon's role of Phil in the original. Anne works alongside Sam (Schwartz) and is a somewhat deluded fantasist who lives with her mother and has such an empty life that she leaps at the opportunity to join Sam in saving a woman who is kidnapped. Sam, meanwhile, just wants to get on with his ordinary life, but Anna is desperate for excitement and extremely unrealistic about her capacity as an action hero.
Corden, Baynton and Ian Maxtone-Graham will pen the script, with Jim Field Smith set to direct. The comedy hails from Abrams' Warner Bros. TV-based Bad Robot Productions and Corden's CBS TV Studios-set Fulwell 73 Productions. Abrams, Bad Robot topper Ben Stephenson, Corden, Baynton, Maxtone-Graham, Smith and BBC Studios’ Angie Stephenson will executive produce. Schwartz will be a producer on the project from BBC Studios and Warner Bros. TV.
Bell, nominated for her writing on NBC's Saturday Night Live, counts features Office Christmas Party, Bridesmaids and The Angry Birds Movie among her film credits. Her TV work includes Workaholics, Eastbound & Down, Curb Your Enthusiasm, American Dad, Bob's Burgers and co-creating Idiotsitter. She is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Stone Genow.