Matt Lucas Joins National Lampoon Movie 'A Futile and Stupid Gesture' (Exclusive)

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Lucas joins the David Wain-directed biopic starring Will Forte and Domhnall Gleeson.

The National Lampoon writers room just got a little bigger.

Matt Lucas is joining Netflix's A Futile and Stupid Gesture, the origin story of the humor magazine that became a major force in 1970s comedy. 

He's attached to an ever-growing cast that already includes Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, Emmy Rossum, Matt Walsh and Joel McHale. 

Lucas will be playing English satirist Tony Hendra, who was the first editor hired by National Lampoon founders Doug Kenney and Henry Beard. 

Wet Hot American Summer's David Wain will direct the film, which is adapted from the 2006 book by Josh Karp by screenwriters Michael Colton and John Aboud. Peter Principato and Jonathan Stern are producing. Ed Helms is executive producing along with Colton and Aboud. Ben Ormand, Ted Hamm and Sean McKittrick are also exec producing.

Lucas first made waves, along with Rebel Wilson, as one half of weird sibling duo in Kristen Wiig's Bridesmaids. He will next be seen reprising his role as Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Tim Burton's Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Lucas is repped by WME and Troika.