News has been slooooowly trickling out about Judd Apatow's directorial follow-up to Knocked Up
-- or maybe it just seems like it because there's so much curiosity about the project. Back in March we knew literally nothing other than that it would star Seth Rogen
, Adam Sandler
, and Apatow's wife Leslie Mann
. At the start of the month, Rogen and Sandler revealed the movie would be set in "the world of stand-up comedy," and that it would have serious dramatic elements. A few days after that, we heard rumors
that Eric Bana was circling a role in the film. Today, Apatow's people officially made public the film's title -- Funny People
-- and the rest of the ensemble cast: Eric Bana
, Jason Schwartzman
and, unsurprisingly, Jonah Hill
Since people will be doing double-takes when they read "Eric Bana," the Variety article
takes pains to point out that Bana began his career in stand-up comedy, and even starred in a pair of sketch comedy series in Australia, before breaking out in Chopper
. I had heard that before, but since Bana seemingly hasn't cracked a smile in his entire film career, it remains very weird to me.
No new plot details were revealed, so expect another post in a couple of days when someone decides to let slip another tidbit.