By: Sid Perriwinkle
It seems New Line Cinema’s action-comedy SPY GUYS is finally getting its casting underway. I’m hearing that funny-man Andy Samberg has stepped up to the plate and signed on for a supporting role. Back in September of 2012, New Line picked up the project from a pitch by Adam Sztykiel with Samberg attached to produce.
The story follows a CIA operative who is framed and made an enemy of United States. As his list of allies grows slimmer by the minute, he is forced to recruit his college buddies to help him. Samberg will not be headlining the pic (sad face), but will instead play one of the college friends, Berg. Fellow “Lonely Island” cohorts Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer are producing alongside John Rickard and Samberg, with Taccone also sitting comfortably in the director’s chair. Sztykiel (Made of Honor, Due Date) penned the script. Michael Disco and Sam Brown are overseeing the project for the studio.
Getting his start in the realm of shorts such as “Stork Patrol” and “Football Town”, Samberg came into his own in 2005 when he joined the SNL cast. For 8 years he honed his comedic talents, branching off every now and then for guest appearances on shows such as “Portlandia”, “30 Rock” and “The Sarah Silverman Program.” My favorite being his role as Carl Lorthner on the “Parks and Recreation” episode “Park Safety.” Samberg is currently starring on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and will next appear in Ryan Murphy’s “One Hit Wonders” on the film front.
Samberg is repped by UTA.