Steve Carell always had produce, but Rob Corddry will carve butter
The former "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" star is set to sign on for a role in "Butter," the offbeat dramedy that will start shooting later this month.Jennifer Garner and Kate Hudson (the former of whom is also producing) are taking the two lead female roles, with Ty Burell set to play Garner's husband. (Jim Carrey won't be starring, contrary to several reports scattered around the Web a few weeks back.) Jim Field Smith, the director of "She's Out of My League" (a tonally different picture if ever there was one) will be behind the cameras when production kicks off in Louisiana.
Since leaving Comedy Central in 2006, Corddry has fashioned a nice little film career, mainly of character parts; he's played in "Semi-Pro," in "W." (as Ari Fleischer, natch) and as the incorrigible man-child in "Time Machine." He'll look to break out bigger as the lead in "Cedar Rapids," Miguel Arteta's recently wrapped movie in which Corddry will play a naive Midwestern salesman opposite former "Daily Show" costar Ed Helms. (Of course, the pair overlapped with Steve Carell on "The Daily Show," where Carell perfected characters like Produce Pete.)
Michael De Luca is producing and The Weinstein Co. is financing "Butter" (yes, you read that right), based on a very acclaimed script from a writer named Jason Micalleff that landed near the top of the industry-sanctioned Black List a few years back. The basic plot involves an Iowa woman (Garner) who attempts to win a butter-carving title formerly held by her husband, only to be thwarted by a young girl (Yara Ahahidi).
And if that doesn't get you in the theater, the prospect of Corddry and oleaginous substances should.
Photo: Rob Corddry. Credit: Kirk McCoy / Los Angeles Times