Andy Samberg and Kit Harington will star in a HBO tennis mockumentary
Looks like it’s Brooklyn vs. bastard on the court at Wimbledon. EW has confirmed that Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) will play a pair of tennis rivals in a one-off HBO mockumentary about a seven-day match at Wimbledon. Titled 7 Days in Hell, the comedy will star Samberg as a superstar tennis “bad boy” Aaron Williams and Harington as Charles Lloyd Poole, a young prodigy.
The project is based on an idea by Samberg and Murray Miller, a writer and co-executive producer on Girls. Miller will write the script, with Jake Szymanski (Saturday Night Live) directing.
HBO’s also enlisted Girls star Lena Dunham, Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Mary Steenburgen (Curb Your Enthusiasm), June Squibb (Nebraska), and TV anchor Soledad O’Brien as herself.
Given the opportunity to cast real-life people in a fake-sports movie, maybe some actual tennis stars will show up to the shoot too. Can Roger Federer arrive to class up the joint? Can Novak Djokovic give everyone some Wimbledon tips? Maybe Maria Sharapova can even drop in and inevitably turn the thing into a two-hour Canon commercial.