By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
What is this, an extended episode of The Daily Show? Ed Helms and Steve Carell are teaming to bring us an untitled Warner Bros. feature taking place during the Civil War.
Ed Helms for Civil War Comedy
Warner Bros. has cast Ed Helms to star in the project. How did The Office star get so close to the project? Well, it was he and partner Jake Fleisher that pitched the idea to the studio in the first place. The duo, who will also write the script, are keeping plot details under wrap. Here is, however, what we do know.
Helms would play a civil war re-enacter, someone who is obsessive about historical precision – stitch count in a coat, buttons from the period, proper speech, etc. He and three other guys (two fellow re-enacters and an African-American professor of history who is protesting the event) are accidentally transported back in time and awaken in the actual civil war. Once there, they have find there way home without altering history or permanently breaking America in half.
Okay okay, so we do know quite a bit considering. Steve Carell will produce and also star.