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Russell Brand Joins Werner Herzog's School Shooting Comedy 'Vernon God Little'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 6, 2014 at 8:44PM

Russell Brand's verbose, rapid fire wit hasn't translated so well to the movies. Aside from being perfectly cast in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and the spinoff "Get Him To The Greek," he's otherwise mostly floundered in Hollywood productions, largely because it forces him to reign his spontaneous energy. But if there's any director who we'd love to see try and get something different, funny and worthwhile out of the comedian, it's Werner Herzog, and whaddya know, that's going to happen.
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Vernon God Little Russell Brand

Russell Brand's verbose, rapid fire wit hasn't translated so well to the movies. Aside from being perfectly cast in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and the spinoff "Get Him To The Greek," he's otherwise mostly floundered in Hollywood productions, largely because it forces him to reign his spontaneous energy. But if there's any director who we'd love to see try and get something different, funny and worthwhile out of the comedian, it's Werner Herzog, and whaddya know, that's going to happen.

Brand is in talks to join Herzog's school shooting comedy "Vernon God Little." Say what? You might have forgotten about this project first announced in the fall of 2012, but it's now moving fast with production slated to start this spring, once Herzog wraps on "Queen Of The Desert." Penned by Andrew Birkin ("Perfume," "Joan Of Arc," "Omen III"), and based on the book by DBC Pierre, the satirical story is set in the border town of Martirio, Texas, where a bullied loner grabs a gun and kills six of his classmates, before committing suicide. But soon Vernon is in trouble when suspicions about the school shootings fall on him.

Austin Abrams has the title role, with Sasha Pieterse as his love interest, while Brand will play a scheming reporter eager to find any angle on the story. Given his testy relationship with the real life (mostly British) press, it'll give the actor plenty to bite into.

So, are we looking at two Werner Herzog films in 2015? We sure hope so. We'll take those over any generic superhero sequel, any day of the week. [The Wrap]

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