It’s been months since we got any news on Mel Brooks’ massive comeback project History of the World: Part II.
Just as production begins on the highly anticipated sequel to Brooks’ 1980s comedic cult classic, Jeff Sneider’s The Ankler reports that several high profile stars have joined the series in mysterious roles, while others have been offered very specific ones.
For instance, the site claims that comedians Jillian Bell (Workaholics) , D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Seth Rogen (Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers), JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), and David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer) are only some of the talent expected to appear in unspecified roles.
Additionally, it’s mentioned that some of the high profile talent also offered roles include Steve Martin, Taika Waititi, Kumail Nanjiani, Keke Palmer, Danny DeVito, Hailee Steinfeld, and Adam Sandler. The list goes on, but you really subscribe to The Ankler to see for yourself!
One last thing the site says is that Sandler is being courted for the role of Joseph Stalin, and that other historical figures planned to appear include Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, and William Shakespeare. It’s also worth noting that Bo Burnham and Benedict Cumberbatch passed on the last two respective roles.
At this point, it’s still not clear if Brooks will appear in the series himself. It is possible though. Regardless, he will serve as a writer, as well as an executive producer on the series alongside Nick Kroll (Big Mouth), Wanda Sykes (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Ike Barinholtz (MAD TV), David Stassen (Blockers), and Kevin Salter.
For those unfamiliar with the 1981 comedy, it hilariously parodies different historical events from Moses obtaining the 15 – er, I mean – 10 Commandments to the French Revolution.
The series will consist of eight episodes, and will air exclusively on Hulu.
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SOURCE: The Ankler