Ed Helms might not be the first person that comes to mind when you think of comedy superstars, but his comedic take on uptight, preppy white people has taken him pretty far in the business up to this point. He’s proved that he can be an important part of an ensemble by enduring as a reoccurring character on TV’s The Office, he’s proved that he can anchor a film as a relatable protagonist in the underrated Cedar Rapids, and he’s proved that he can be a key component in a hugely successful franchise with the Hangover films. If Helms plays his cards right going forward, he could possibly become one of the biggest comedic actors working.
So what’s he got on his horizon? Well, in addition to his continued work on The Office and a planned third film in the Hangover series, Deadline Alpharetta is reporting that the sweater-vested one has signed on to two new projects. The first is said to be something of a cameo. He’ll be appearing as Jason Sudeikis’s shady boss in director Rawson Thurber’s (Dodgeball) upcoming comedy We’re the Millers. The film, which Sudeikis stars in, is said to be about a crew of experienced drug smugglers who pose as a fake family and try to get a large amount of marijuana across the US/Mexico border. The film is also said to have Jennifer Aniston and Nick Offerman on board, which is good news because Offerman is always hilarious and Aniston, well…she always looks pretty?
The second of Helms’s upcoming projects is David Wain’s upcoming They Came Together. This one is a parody of romantic comedies that was written by Wain and his The State collaborator Michael Showalter back when they were working together on Wet Hot American Summer. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are already set to star as the unlikely romantic pairing of a corporate fat cat (Rudd) and the small business owner that his company is ruining (Poehler), and Helms is said to be playing another of Poehler’s romantic entanglements, an accountant named Eggbert, which sounds just too Ed Helms to be true.
It sounds like the Nard Dog is having no trouble whatsoever pulling in a steady stream of film roles during his TV off time. Is it possible that he might be the next name to leave The Office in search of a full-time film career, a la Steve Carell? And shouldn’t they be thinking about wrapping up that series anyway?