Neil Patrick Harris & Sarah Silverman to Star in ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’

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Neil Patrick Harris in Dr Horribles Sing Along Blog Neil Patrick Harris & Sarah Silverman to Star in A Million Ways to Die in the West

Seth MacFarlane is no stranger to voice acting, but it’s rare to see him in live-action roles. One thing that MacFarlane’s planned comedy-Western, A Million Ways to Die in the West, has going for it is that it will finally see the Family Guy creator take center stage in a live-action feature lead role for the first time.

MacFarlane will play a wimpy sheep farmer who finds himself abandoned by his girlfriend after he backs out of a pistol duel, but then finds his life and courage rejuvenated by the arrival of a mysterious and beautiful stranger…and the subsequent arrival of her very angry outlaw husband.

We’ve been writing up casting snippets for the film- which recently got a spring 2014 release date – for some time now, but a new statement released by Universal Pictures and published over at Slash Film lists the full central cast. Along with the previously announced Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson and Giovanni Ribisi, the list includes Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman.

MacFarlane’s feature directorial debut, Ted, was a resounding success, especially for an R rated comedy, pulling in ten times its original production budget at the worldwide box office. The writer, director and actor has a large and dedicated following thanks to his work as the creator of Family Guy and co-creator of sister series The Cleveland Show and American Dad, but he’s also a talent that tends to be a little divisive, with people often either loving him or hating him.

Sarah Silverman has been cast in A Million Ways to Die in the West Neil Patrick Harris & Sarah Silverman to Star in A Million Ways to Die in the West

Neil Patrick Harris, on the other hand, seems to be one of those actors who’s loved by all. Known for starring in the sitcom How I Met Your Mother and alongside Felicia Day and Nathan Fillion in Joss Whedon’s musical miniseries Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Harris has also made brief cameo appearances (as Barney Stinson) on Family Guy. Straddling the line as he does between mainstream popularity and niche geek appeal, Harris’ attachment to MacFarlane’s new comedy will probably pull in quite a few dedicated fans.

The other new name included in the press release is Sarah Silverman, a veteran comedienne who created, starred in and lent her name to Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program – which ran for three short seasons before being canceled – and also voiced Vanellope in Disney’s recent love letter to old-school arcade games, Wreck-It Ralph.

Are Harris and Silverman enough to entice you to watch A Million Ways to Die in the West, or were you planning to see it as soon as you heard the name “MacFarlane”? Share your thoughts on this latest casting news in the comments.


A Million Ways to Die in the West will be released theatrically on May 30th, 2014.

Source: Slash Film

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  1. MacFarlane was enough but this has me really wanting to see it opening weekend next year. Both great choices by Seth.

  2. The coolest gay guy and the hottest jew girl eva?? Im in.

  3. MacFarlane was enough for me. He is a true talent and has shown in it in several formats, yet many in the media still claim he is not talented. On KEVIN JAGERNAUTH claimed that MacFarlane “could barely host the Oscars.” I think he did an amazing job hosting the Oscars, but, of course, I am just a viewer.

  4. Silverman is gross. But NPH is awesome! I don’t like “How I Meet Your Mother” and I hated that stupid musical that Whedon put out. With those exceptions, NPH is a classic. Long live Doogie!

    • How could you hate the two things he’s most famous for, yet find him awesome all the same?

    • The 2 things he is most famous for do not include a musical that is only known by Whedonists. Doogie Howser is his most iconic role. How I Meet Your Mother might be second but his role in Harold and Kumar gave him that show.

  5. I’m just waiting for them to tell us Silverman’s character sleeps with the horse…that is a walking talking plush toy.

  6. NPH makes any show/movie/web-series better. True story.
    Sarah Silverman though? Meh. They could do better… an she’s not even that funny imo.

    Still, I’m really looking forward to this movie. It looks like it’s gonna be hilarious with the talent involved so far.

  7. Great cast lets not forget liam neeson who could bring some seriously funny dry comedy. His skit on that ricky gervais show is hilarious