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Joel McHale to play Chevy Chase in National Lampoon biopic

The actor-comedian is in final talks for Netflix’s ‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture’

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Joel McHale is already well-acquainted with his next potential film role: The actor and comedian is in final negotiations to portray Chevy Chase, his costar on five seasons of Community, in the National Lampoon biopic A Futile and Stupid Gesture, EW has confirmed.

Based on the 2006 nonfiction book of the same name, Gesture is to tell the ill-fated story of Doug Kenney, who cofounded the humor-magazine-turned-comedy-franchise National Lampoon but grappled with substance abuse and fell to his untimely death in Hawaii under ambiguous circumstances. Chase was a close friend to Kenney, who co-wrote Caddyshack.

Will Forte (Nebraska, The Last Man on Earth) is on board to play Kenney, and Domnhall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Brooklyn) is to portray fellow Lampoon cofounder Henry Beard. David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer) is directing the Netflix film.

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McHale recently appeared on Fox’s X-Files revival series and is developing a workplace comedy pilot at CBS. His memoir Thanks for the Money is due out in November.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported McHale’s potential involvement in A Futile and Stupid Gesture.