The film, which is McBride’s brainchild, centers around two brothers who have always had pride in their bullying ways, but finally receive a taste of their own medicine as karma starts to kick in. Early signs point to McBride taking on a supporting role as Demario Gutierrez, the brother of a Columbian drug lord who terrorizes the bullying protagonists. McBride, who is no stranger to playing eccentric characters, should bring plenty of his comedic flair to the character of Demario. His previous projects have seen him as a pyro-crazed special effects artist in “Tropic Thunder”, a deadbeat bank robber in “30 Minutes Or Less” and of course, his signature character, abrasive, loud mouthed hurler Kenny Powers in HBO’s hit show “Eastbound And Down”. He will also be starring in the upcoming comedy “Clown”, a remake of the Danish film “Klovn” about a man who brings his girlfriends son on a camping trip to convince her he is a good father.
McBride may have company on stage as an offer has been made to his buddy and “Eastbound And Down” co-star Jason Sudeikis. The “Saturday Night Live” veteran is in talks to take the leading role of bully Howie Vanderver. The role of Howie’s brother, Chris has been offered to Alexander Skarsgard, but there is no word as to the status of those negotiations. This project would be a large deviation from Skarsgard’s most popular work on the vampire drama “True Blood” or any of his action based, film roles, but this is Hollywood and anything is possible.
McBride is producing the film along with Nathan Kahane, David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, Lawrence Grey and Matt Reilly.
All three actors are repped by CAA.