When I first heard details about Diablo Cody’s upcoming inaugural foray into the directing world, Lamb of God, I was kind of on the fence with whether or not I was looking forward to seeing it. I hadn’t liked any of Cody’s work up to that point, but a cast that included names like Holly Hunter and Octavia Spencer didn’t sound so bad at all. Add in names like Julianne Hough, who surprised me by doing a good job in Footloose, and Russell Brand, who is always more enjoyable in movies than I give him credit for, and I was thinking that I might be ready to give Cody another chance to get on my good side.

Things have changed since then. First off, the latest movie penned by Cody, Young Adult, came out and was generally well liked. I wasn’t as enamored with it as most seemed to be, but it did show me that there was some potential in Cody as a filmmaker, and I liked the way she handled Patton Oswalt’s character in that one quite a bit. And now a bomb has been dropped that completely changes the whole complexion of Cody’s career in my eyes. According to Deadline Pawnee, Nick Offerman has agreed to join the Lamb of God cast.

That’s right, Ron Swanson himself is going to be in a Diablo Cody movie, and I don’t know about you, but that’s good enough an endorsement for me. Couple this great cast with the intriguing sounding story, that of a young girl losing her faith after a plane crash and moving to Las Vegas to get all hedonist, and Lamb of God is starting to look like a very promising picture. I don’t know if it will be able to make up for me having to sit through Juno, but hopefully it will be enough for me to join the Diablo Cody party that everybody else has been having without me. A party I’ve been so sorely jealous of.

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