May 23, 2017

David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga heading to “Goats” comedy


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Casting news on a Monday afternoon.

David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Keri Russell, Minnie Driver and Will Arnett have agreed to join Christopher Neil’s comedy “Goats.” They’ll join previously cast comedians Graham Phillips (“Evan Almighty”) and Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”).

From the release:

Based on the Mark Jude Poirier (“Smart People”) novel of the same title, the coming of age story follows 15-year-old Ellis (Phillips) as he moves from Wendy, his flakey, new age mother’s (Farmiga) South-Western home to an East Coast prep school where his estranged father Frank (Burrell) was once a star student. For Ellis, this means leaving behind the only real dad he has ever known, Goat Man (Duchovny), his pot-smoking, goat-herding mentor, and ultimately needing to evaluate his new prep school lifestyle that’s in stark contrast to his stoner upbringing. Rounding out the cast are Keri Russell as Frank’s new wife, Minnie Driver as Wendy’s best friend and yogic advisor Johanna, and Will Arnett as Wendy’s boyfriend Bennett.

Producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg, commented on the casting, said, “‘Goats’ is that wonderful combination of hilarious and poignant, and we’re so thrilled that actors as distinguished as this ensemble have responded to the script with such passion.”

A character named Goat Man, and they didn’t cast Jim Breuer. Sad. Still, Neil is a nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, so we’re hoping his feature film debut holds a sliver of his uncle’s talents.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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