Bob Odenkirk and Stacy Keach

As if the news that The Descendants director Alexander Payne was going back to his filmmaking roots and making a low-key road trip movie set in Nebraska wasn’t exciting enough, when the news broke that he had cast Bruce Dern and Will Forte as his main characters, a curmudgeonly old man and his estranged son, suddenly Nebraska really started to get interesting. Which is probably the first time anyone has ever expressed that sentiment, ever.

And now that some further casting news regarding the film has come out, suddenly Payne’s home state has just started to look even more glamorous. According to local reports covering Payne and his production arriving to shoot in a town called Norfolk, the director has added Breaking Bad and Mr. Show vet Bob Odenkirk to the cast as the Dern character’s eldest son, and Mike Hammer, Private Eye himself, Stacy Keach, as one of Dern’s old colleagues. Reportedly he’s also trying to recruit an actress he’s already worked with before, June Squibb, for another role, but that deal has yet to be made official.

For those who haven’t been following along, Nebraska is about Dern’s character making his son drive him from his home in Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he believes he is supposed to pick up a sweepstakes prize. It’s going to be shot in black and white, it’s now jammed full of hilarious but off-the-beaten-path actors, and its probably going to be completely awesome. This one doesn’t have George Clooney or gorgeous Hawaiian scenery in it though, so we’ll have to keep a close lookout for when and where it eventually gets a release.

(via The Film Stage)

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