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Sarah Silverman is joining the cast of Universal’s untitled Lonely Island movie.
Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, who comprise the group, are starring in the feature, which began production this week.
The project takes aim at the fluffy music documentaries of recent years such as Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never and Katy Perry’s Part of Me. It centers on a rapper (Samberg) whose latest album bombs and he must do the unthinkable: a reunion concert with his former boy band.
Silverman will play the rapper’s sharp and sarcastic publicist who has to suffer many indignities.
The move puts Silverman back in the comedy world after her most recent film project, I Smile Back, a drama that premiered at Sundance and for which she earned strong reviews.
Judd Apatow is producing via his Judd Apatow Productions banner. Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone are also producing. Schaffer and Taccone are directing.
Universal’s senior vp production Erik Baiers is overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.
Silverman, whose other credits include A Million Ways to Die in the West and Ashby, is repped by UTA, Thruline and Ziffren Brittenham.
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