In what might be considered an act of crossing the generational comedy streams, Dan Aykroyd is set to appear opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in the upcoming political comedy Dog Fight. Warner Bros. confirmed that Aykroyd, who hasn’t starred in a live-action film since 2008’s War, Inc., has joined the cast of the Jay Roach-helmed film about two rival politicians fighting for a seat in Congress, although they won’t say in what kind of role.
Dog Fight also stars John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Jason Sudeikis, and Dylan McDermott, and is slated for an Aug. 10 release. The script was written by Shawn Harwell and Chris Henchy, from the HBO series Eastbound & Down.
It’s nice to see Aykroyd getting back into comedic features, and no doubt it’ll only help the perennial rumors of a third Ghostbusters film, the script for which Aykroyd has previously stated is already finished. The actor’s natural comedic instincts tend toward exaggerated self-seriousness so I’m willing to bet a full tank of gas and a half a pack of cigarettes that he’ll be playing a politician himself in Dog Fight. He’s already played the president twice, once in My Fellow Americans and again as Jimmy Carter in a FunnyOrDie.com sketch. Just as long as he doesn’t end up playing a judge. [Shudder]