You’ve seen him as the Golden Globe-winning Donald Draper in Mad Men. You’ve seen him as the FBI agent in Ben Affleck’s The Town. And you’ve seen him alongside Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock.
Next stop: Larry David.
Jon Hamm has been a rising star for years, and you really can’t imagine what Mad Men would be without him – I don’t think anyone could play the role quite like he does.
Showbiz411 are now reporting that Hamm is being eyed for the antagonist role opposite Larry David in Greg Mottola’s as-yet-untitled improv. comedy, which sounds like a brilliant match to me.
David is set to star as a Larry David-like character, getting into the same kind of situations as he does on Curb Your Enthusiasm, with David penning the script alongside his Curb/Seinfeld writers, Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer (who all also recently penned The Dictator with Sacha Baron Cohen).
Mottola has a very impressive list of features and TV credits to his name, directing some of the funniest comedies in recent years, including Superbad, Adventureland, and Paul, as well as episodes of Arrested Development and Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom.
With Hamm now hopefully coming on board, the project has even more potential than it already had – and it already had a lot of potential.
So now is definitely the time to get excited.
David and co. are currently working on the details, and the hope is to shoot the film this autumn, so with a bit of luck, we’ll be getting it sometime next summer. Fox Searchlight are set to distribute, and with both David and Hamm having such recognition on our shores, it shouldn’t be too optimistic to expect a release here in the UK too. More as we get it.