Two more actors get 'Hall Pass'
Stephen Merchant, J.B. Smoove join Owen Wilson comedyThe Farrellys have given a "Hall Pass" to some new actors.
Stephen Merchant and J.B. Smoove are joining the New Line comedy that stars Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Jenna Fischer. The story revolves around a pair of married couples who decide to experiment with the concept of a free pass for the husbands to use for guilt-free romantic encounters outside their marriages.
Merchant and Smoove will play friends of Rick (Wilson) and Fred (Sudeikis) who accompany them as they cut loose and attempt to cash their tickets.
Bobby and Peter Farrelly are directing the script they co-wrote with Pete Jones and Kevin Barnett. The Farrellys also are producing with their Conundrum Entertainment partner Bradley Thomas.
The movie starts shooting Tuesday in Atlanta.
Merchant, repped by WME and United Agents in the U.K., most recently appeared in the Fox family comedy "Tooth Fairy." On the TV side, he has been a writer-director of "The Office" and "Extras," and he co-stars on HBO's new series "The Ricky Gervais Show," an animated version of Gervais and Merchant's popular podcast.
Smoove, repped by WME and Rain Management Group, has played recurring characters on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the CW's "Everybody Hates Chris" and Fox's "'Til Death." He also was a writer and player on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." On the feature side, Smoove recently wrapped a role in the Shawn Levy-directed feature comedy "Date Night," which Fox releases in April.