Will Ferrell has lampooned a lot of professions over his comedy career and now he's setting his sights on the world of eSports. According to Variety, Ferrell is developing a feature film project in which he'll play an older member of an eSports team fighting to remain competitive with the much younger players around him.
If that sounds familiar that's because it's become somewhat of his niche over the last few years. There was "Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby," where Ferrell played a former NASCAR star fighting to remain competitive with a hotshot French driver. And the "Anchorman" films, where he portrayed a top news anchor fighting to remain competitive with a new female colleague. Ferrell has also done plenty of sports comedies including "Talladega Nights," "Semi-Pro," "Blades of Glory" and "Kicking and Screaming."
There are no confirmed details about Ferrell's eSports parody but Variety is reporting that two real eSports franchises, Fnatic and Evil Geniuses, may make cameos as themselves in the movie. Fnatic will be recognizable from their appearance in Season 2 of TBS's eSports tournament ELEAGUE, where they missed the playoffs after coming in third in Group D play just a few weeks ago.
But will the film be worth watching? Ferrell's previous movies have always demonstrated a balance between spot-on jokes and things that are utterly ridiculous, such as in "Talledega Nights" where he aptly lampooned NASCAR's many sponsorships but then also had Ricky Bobby trapped in a car with a live cougar. Whenever this film gets released eSports fans can expect plenty of fast-paced jokes and at least one scene where he starts yelling for probably not much reason.
Per Variety Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme will write the eSports film; Kvamme is associated with the comedy website and production company Funny or Die, of which Farrell is a credited co-founder. Gravity Squared, Mosaic and Farrell's Gary Sanchez Productions are all attached as producing companies while Universal Pictures will distribute the film. While eSports fans wait for its release (and a title, and a cast, and a plot), Farrell and John C. Reilly are working on their Sherlock Holmes spoof "Holmes and Watson," which is due out in 2018.
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