Before joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Scott Lang in Ant-Man, Paul Rudd made his name as a comic actor in films like Clueless, Anchorman, and I Love You Man. British comedian Steve Coogan has had a wide-ranging career, with roles as varied as the voice of Professor Flux in Minions and as Factory Records founder Tony Wilson in Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People.
Both actors have proven themselves to be performers who can handle both comedy and drama, and now Coogan and Rudd will put their chops for both to work playing a married couple in the upcoming An Ideal Home. Described as a dramedy, the movie will be written and directed by Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2).
According to THR, the basic plot will be as follows:
“Coogan plays a celebrity while Rudd is his more hesitant partner and sidekick. But when the grandson that Coogan’s character never knew he had shows up at their home with nowhere else to go, the couple reluctantly decide to take him in.”
Rudd and Coogan were previously seen together in 2011’s Our Idiot Brother, which starred Rudd as a hopeless slacker who is shuttled around between his three sisters, with Coogan as his brother-in-law. The two of them shared the screen together very briefly, but both are versatile actors who have never failed to develop a real chemistry with their co-stars — see Rudd opposite Michael Douglas in Ant-Man and Coogan in The Other Guys with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
With Rudd having joined the coveted ranks of superhero movie stars with Ant-Man — a role he will reprise in this year’s Captain America: Civil War and again in Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018 — Rudd theoretically has his pick of roles. An Ideal Home may sound like a strange choice for him at this point, but the actor has never shied away from more dramatic and challenging fare, such as his role as the gay best friend of a pregnant social worker in 1998’s The Object of my Affection and 2003’s The Shape of Things, where he played a shy college student who is too-easily transformed by a new girlfriend.
As for Coogan, he is famous for his role in the BBC series Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge and The Trip, and received an Oscar nomination for co-writing Philomena. His comedic gifts are sure to be on display, but tempered with the dramatic depth he showed as the tragic main character of 24 Hour Party People. It will depend upon execution, but in these roles, both actors could shine.
Screen Rant will have more information on An Ideal Home as it is made available.
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