Because You Asked For It: Portman Teams with McBride

The starting line-up for Your Highness.

I’m one of the few people not totally on board the Danny McBride Express Train Bandwagon. First of all, the tickets are really expensive, and secondly, they need to figure out whether it’s a train or a bandwagon. Come on, people. I get that he’s funny, and for the most part his characters are pretty solid, but so far there hasn’t been much range to get excited about, and I’m not exactly buzzed to hear about another movie where he’ll be playing a hyper-aggressive crazy person. All gimmicks get old eventually.

But he seems to be a hot commodity, and will probably continue that achievement while co-starring with Natalie Portman, who you may know from Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and those dreams that you can’t tell your mother about. The two will be acting alongside James Franco in Your Highness, a movie about two princes who must go on a quest to save their kingdom. According to Variety, McBride plays the lazy, arrogant one.

He also plays the one that falls in love with Portman’s character. So remember that if you can write a great script and act decently while sporting a high-top fade, you can work out a romantic sequence between yourself and Natalie Portman.

I know I sound negative for some reason – it’s probably because I haven’t had my vitamins today (which I swear by), but there’s honestly not that much information about this project yet to feel strongly one way or the other. McBride has some comedic skill, Portman is obviously fantastic, and Franco is almost always great in everything he’s in. The story sounds pretty par for the course, but it is being directed by David Gordon Green, so there’s another bright spot there.

Also, I find it cute that Variety says the prince is lazy when I can only assume they mean he smokes a ton of pot. That’s right – I’m hoping that the title is a pun of some sort. I’m sure that will be a great jumping-off point for the humor.

What do you think?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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