Gervais seems to have no trouble inspiring praise from his peers, and the cast list for Lying is proof of that comedy clout. Just some the names in the Lying cast are; Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., John Hodgman, Tina Fey, Christopher Guest, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jason Bateman. Gervais has even gotten his first advance review for Lying from J.J. Abrams, who said, "The Invention of Lying' is as funny as it is biting, wholly original, and surprisingly moving. Is there such thing as an important comedy? Turns out there is, and this is it." It's an unlikely source of praise, but after watching the trailer, I guess the big question is: could Abrams be right? The Invention of Lying arrives in theaters on September 25th, 2009.
After the jump: Gervais' working class 'dramedy', Cemetery Junction, goes into preproduction and Gervais stalks the paparazzi...
Now that Lying is all wrapped up, there's still the small matter of Gervais' other film, Cemetery Junction, which he's co-directing with his longtime partner, Stephen Merchant. Gervais has also been providing regular updates on Junction, with plenty of photos of the cast and production news, and even the odd round of paparazzi pranks. The film is set in 1970's Reading, England (Gervais' home town), and follows a group of twenty-somethings working as building society clerks. Gervais described the flick as a cross between The Office and Mad Men, and by the looks of the cast (which includes Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watson) this film will have more of a bitter-sweet edge to the laughs -- luckily for Gervais and Merchant, that's usually where they shine.
Cemetery Junction is expected to arrive in theaters in 2010.