Domhnall Gleeson Joining Will Forte in 'National Lampoon' Movie 'A Futile and Stupid Gesture'

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The movie is eyeing an April start with a budget in the $15 million to $20 million range.

Domhnall Gleeson, who last year starred in Ex Machina and played a villain in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is joining Will Forte in A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Netflix’s movie about the founding of National Lampoon.

Wet Hot American Summer's David Wain is directing the feature project, which centers on the tragic story of Doug Kenney, one of the co-founders of National Lampoon.

Kenney was the editor of the Harvard Lampoon when he met Henry Beard and Robert Hoffman, which, soon after graduation, resulted in the creation of National Lampoon, the humor magazine that became a major force and brand in 1970s comedy. Kenney ended up going Hollywood and succumbed to drug and alcohol issues before falling off a cliff in Hawaii under mysterious circumstances.

Gleeson will play Beard, the pipe-smoking co-founder of the magazine who went on to become a best-selling author.

Stupid Gesture’s script adapts the 2006 book by Josh Karp and is written by Michael Colton and John Aboud.

Peter Principato and Jonathan Stern are producing the project. Ed Helms is executive producing along with Colton and Aboud. Ben Ormand, Ted Hamm and Sean McKittrick are also exec producing.

The movie is eyeing an April start with a budget in the $15 million to $20 million range. The schedule will allow Gleeson to shoot the pic in Los Angeles and then go back to London to shoot Star Wars: Episode VIII, in which the actor will reprise his role as General Hux.

Gleeson, who also had key appearances opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant and Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn, recently wrapped shooting the drug cartel thriller Mena with Tom Cruise.

He is repped by Paradigm.