After starring in this summer’s Ant-Man & The Wasp, Paul Rudd is set to make a return to television in the ambitious-sounding Netflix comedy, Living With Yourself. The actor is returning to familiar territory in more ways than one. Rudd’s no stranger to television roles and he’s developed a steady working relationship with the streaming giant, appearing in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and its followup, Ten Years Later, as well as the Duncan Jones directed sci-fi film Mute.
The new series hails from creator and showrunner Timothy Greenberg (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), and presents Rudd with the unique opportunity to act as his “own worst enemy,” literally. Rudd will take on a dual role, the sort of thing normally reserved for sci-fi movies or when an actor is asked to portray twins, but this time it sounds as though Greenberg is aiming for something a bit more philosophical, as the show’s official release asks the question: “do we really want to be better?”
Though there aren’t many details to go on just yet, Netflix did offer up a succinct but intriguing synopsis of the new series, saying: “Living With Yourself stars Paul Rudd as a man struggling with his life who undergoes a novel treatment to become a better person, and finds he’s been replaced by a new and improved version -- revealing that his own worst enemy is himself.”
The promise of a popular actor in a dual role is a great way to garner early interest in a new series or film, as it’s ostensibly telling audiences they’re getting twice the performer they’re already tuning in for. Though the device has its critics, there have been plenty of impressive dual performances in recent memory, starting with Armie Hammer’s turn as the Winklevoss twins in David Fincher’s The Social Network, Tom Hardy’s dual role as Reggie and Ron Kray in Legend, and then there’s Ewan McGregor’s Golden Globe-winning turn as feuding brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy in Fargo.
Thankfully, it sounds as though Living With Yourself will take the dual role concept in a different direction, something that goes beyond the idea of seeing an actor play twins (or remarkably similar looking brothers), like Orphan Black did for five seasons, thanks to the amazing performance(s) of Tatiana Maslany. It’ll be a while until we learn how this will play out however. Rudd is the only star attached to the series at present, with Netflix stating that additional cast has yet to be announced, meaning it might be a while before Living With Yourself is set to stream.