Writer/Director James Gunn has done many things. Most recently, he’s become a beloved Twitter celebrity and delivered the uber-popular web series PG Porn. But beyond that, he’s made movies. He wrote and directed Slither, and wrote both Scooby Doo and the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. As you can see, the man has range.
For his next trick, Gunn is putting together a big cast for an upcoming comedy called Super. Among the cast are previous co-conspirators in Gunn works as well as newcomers, including Nathan Fillion (Castle, PG Porn), Linda Cardellini (ER, Scooby Doo), Gregg Henry (United 93), Michael Rooker (Jumper) and James’ brother Sean Gunn (Pearl Harbor). These folks join the already stacked cast, which includes The Office’s Rain Wilson, Juno star Ellen Page, notable hot-person Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. Yes, one-degree from Kevin Bacon, this movie will be. The cast will also include Stephen Blackeheart, Mikaela Hoover, Lloyd Kaufman, Valentine Miele, Andre Royo (The Wire) and Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Show).
For Gunn, this project will be a family affair, uniting him quite a few people with whom he’s successfully worked in the past. “From Nathan to Rooker to Gregg to my brother Sean,” he explains. “Some of my closest relationships have been fortified during films I’ve done in the past. These are people I like and admire but with whom I also share common creative goals. It helps imbue Super with an uncommon life, warmth, and energy. Super is an act of love for all of us, and it’s wonderful having the people I love the most helping me make it.”
Rain Wilson will play Frank, a seemingly average Joe who is madly in love with his troubled wife Sarah (Tyler). But when Sarah leaves Frank for Jacques (Bacon), a smooth-talking drug dealer, Frank transforms into pseudo superhero The Crimson Bolt, stakes out Jacques sleazy hideaway, and wages a one-man war on crime. What he lacks in superpowers, he makes up for with a trusty pipe wrench. Every superhero needs a sidekick and so enters Libby (Page), a cute sociopathic teen working at the local comic book store, who morphs into ‘Boltie’ and teams with Frank to take Jacques down.
It all feels very much in the vein of Kick-Ass, but with Dwight Schrute. I say sign me up. There’s a consistently dark comedic tone to everything that Gunn has written, one that will surely spill into this superhero story. And with that in mind, I couldn’t be more interested in such a project. That, and who can resist the surefire combination of Rain Wilson and Nathan Fillion.
“From Nathan to Rooker to Gregg to my brother Sean, some of my closest relationships have been fortified during films I’ve done in the past. These are people I like and admire but with whom I also share common creative goals. It helps imbue Super with an uncommon life, warmth, and energy. Super is an act of love for all of us, and it’s wonderful having the people I love the most helping me make it,” said James Gunn.