Netflix Rounds Out Cast of National Lampoon Movie 'A Futile & Stupid Gesture'

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Based on Josh Karp's best-selling 2006 book of the same name, the story chronicles the life and career of comic magazine co-founder Doug Kenney.

As Netflix begins shooting today its feature film A Futile & Stupid Gesture, the streaming giant has officially unveiled the cast that will tackle the whos-who of comedic icons. 

Will Forte and Domhnall Gleeson will play National Lampoon co-founders Doug Kenney and Henry Beard, respectively.

Based on Josh Karp's best-selling 2006 book of the same name, the story chronicles the life and career of Kenney and will feature a host of plum comedic roles, including Joel McHale as Chevy Chase; Matt Lucas as Tony Hendra; Thomas Lennon as Michael O’Donoghue; Seth Green as Christopher Guest; Jackie Tohn as Gilda Radner; Natasha Lyonne as Anne Beatts; Emmy Rossum as Kathryn Walker; Elvy Yost as Mary Marshmallow; Matt Walsh as Matty Simmons; John Gemberling as John Belushi; Rick Glassman as Harold Ramis; Camille Guaty as Alex Garcia-Mata; and Jon Daly as Bill Murray. Martin Mull also co-stars as an older version of Kenney.

David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer) is directing from a script penned by Michael Colton & John Aboud (Childrens Hospital). Production is taking place in Los Angeles.

Kenney co-founded the groundbreaking humor magazine National Lampoon in 1970 and went on to co-create the seminal movies Animal House and Caddyshack. His work was a major influence on subsequent generations of comedic writers and filmmakers.

Peter Principato and Jonathan Stern are producing A Futile & Stupid Gesture for Principato-Young Entertainment and Abominable Pictures. Wain, Colton, Aboud, Ed Helms, Ben Ormand, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm are executive producing.

Netflix will release the pic in 2017.