Larry David Firms Up Cast for HBO Movie

FILM: Larry David

Larry David (WME) is in negotiations to star in an improv-heavy comedy that Greg Mottola ("Superbad") will direct for Fox Searchlight. David came up with the idea and is working with "The Dictator" writers Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel to write the treatment and produce the project with Bradley Thomas.

Bill Hader, Jon Hamm and Danny McBride lead up "Clear History," which also will star Phillip Baker Hall, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan and JB Smoove.

Bill HaderJon Hamm and Danny McBride are among the actors showing their enthusiasm for HBO's Larry David movie, newly titled Clear History.

Phillip Baker HallKate HudsonMichael KeatonEva MendesAmy Ryan and David's Curb Your Enthusiasm co-star JB Smoove also are joining the all-star comedy cast, toplined by David.

HBO teased the project in August during the Television Critics Association press tour, but casting was still coming together at that time and the title and plot were kept under wraps.

Greg Mottola is directing and executive producing the movie, which will start shooting in Massachusetts in the fall.

David co-wrote the screenplay, which centers on Nathan Flomm (David), a former marketing executive at a start-up electric car company who, after losing a fortune due to a petty argument with his boss, is publicly humiliated for walking away from his 10 percent of a company now worth billions. Ten years later, his marriage over and reputation ruined, Nathan has changed his identity and lives a simple life on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts under the new name of Rolly DaVore. But when his former boss (Hamm) shows up to renovate his summer mansion, Nathan vows to seek his revenge and drive his nemesis off the island.

Hader will play Rags, the friend and henchman of an eccentric local quarry owner (Hall) who agrees to help David's character settle the old debt. Hudson is set as the Hamm's character's glamorous wife. Keaton will portray the erratic and eccentric operator of the quarry. McBride is taking on the best-buddy role. Mendes is set as an islander who takes an off-handed suggestion from David's character a bit too seriously, causing him no end of trouble. Smoove will play the ex-boyfriend of Mendes' character. Ryan is on board as the ex-girlfriend of David's character who has been hiding an explicit secret since before they dated.

Curb writers Alec BergDavid Mandel and Jeff Schaffer also had a hand in the script and are executive producing. Bradley Thomas also is an exec producer.

Monica Levinson is producing, with Laura Streicher serving as associate producer.