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Forget your Captain America, your Iron Man, and even (whisper it) your Loki. If DreamWorks Animation has its way, every kid will want to dress up as Captain Underpants. Because… the costume is easier? In any case, the ‘toon studio has recruited a cast to voice the leads, with Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Thomas Middleditch all headed for microphones.
Word first arrived back in October of 2011 that the studio and Monsters Vs. Aliens director Rob Letterman had finally managed to crack through the rights-protective attitude of creator Dav Pilkey, who opened up the option to his book series – published since 1997 – to an auction.
The books revolve around primary school kids Harold Hutchins (Middleditch) and George Beard (Hart), whose hobby is writing and drawing the adventures of their invented superman. Their headmaster Benny Krupp (Helms) hates children, and runs a fascist regime at the boys’ elementary school, where imagination is forbidden. But the boys hypnotize Krupp into becoming the nice Captain Underpants whenever anyone snaps their fingers (he changes back when water is poured on his head) leading to many adventures against several villains. In the film, the main antagonist will be Professor Poopypants (Kroll). Peele, meanwhile, will be their nerdy school nemesis, Melvin.
“These actors are some of the funniest around today. Letting them loose with these characters is sure to be a hysterical ride,” Letterman tells The Wrap. Parents might be split on the idea, since the books promote reading but are also full of scatological humour and anti-school, but they do sound pretty much perfect for animation.
There’s no time schedule for the film’s release yet, but with movies locked in from the company through at least 2016/17, it might be a while before Captain Underpants takes off.
Four years ago, Bradley Cooper had built a solid reputation as a scene-stealing supporting player. Ed Helms was best known for his sweet but buffoonish Andy on The Office. And few, besides comedy-club bookers and his own family members, could wrap their mouths around the last name of Zach Galifianakis.
Then came The Hangover, which would go on to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy in North American box-office history. A 2011 sequel would take in more than half-a-billion dollars worldwide. And next week comes the third and allegedly the last of the trilogy of films about friends on road trips gone extremely awry.
Folks still have trouble pronouncing Galifianakis but the careers – and lives – of all three co-stars have been changed forever by the series.
“I never would have gotten Hangover II if it wasn’t for Hangover I,” joked Helms in a recent joint interview with his cast mates.
‘”The effect it’s had on my life, from a career standpoint, it just is off the charts. I’ve gotten to do some really great, cool, fun stuff that I never would have been able to do,” Helms said.
Those include two well-reviewed 2011 low-budget comedies, Cedar Rapidsand Jeff Who Lives at Home.
Before Hangover, Galifianakis was somebody – making a living as a stand-up comic, whose credits included his own Comedy Central Presents special. But that success was nothing compared to what would come. “Well, you know, financially,” Galifianakis said, winding up for a Mother’s Day joke. “It (was) really great to be able to pay to get her a salt-and-pepper shaker set.”
Bradley Cooper may have both titles of Sexiest Man Alive and Oscar nominee, but neither accolade has evoked any diva-like behavior.
The handsome Silver Linings Playbook actor sat down with Hangover Part 3 costars Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis at the Las Vegas junket for the upcoming comedy, where E! News couldn’t help but question whether Bradley’s ‘tude has changed since the very firstHangover flick.
“We can’t say or that giant guy off-camera will beat us up,” Ed Helms confesses as Cooper quietly laughs.
“We’re afraid to talk,”Galifianakis dead-pans.
Eventually, Helms provides an honest response, praising his costar for his down-to-Earth demeanor.
“Honestly, it’s really annoying how little Bradley has changed,” he says. “You really should be more of a diva,” he tells his pal. “You can pull it off now! You have an Oscar nomination, come on.”
And suddenly, Cooper just became that much sexier.