Schwimmer to topline indie and direct pilot

This article was updated on Feb. 1, 2004.

Having taped the final episode of “Friends” on Friday, David Schwimmer is set with a deal to star in a feature and direct a pilot.

Schwimmer will topline the indie “Duane Hopwood,” starring with Janeane Garofalo and Judah Friedlander (“American Splendor”). Matt Mulhern is directing and Lemore Syvan producing the film, which is backed by Blue Magic Pictures & Elevation. Lensing begins in early February in Atlantic City.

Schwimmer will play an alcoholic employed by a casino and trying to get his life back on track.

Thesp, who cut his teeth directing “Friends” episodes, is also set to direct “Home and Hardware,” a Jamie Tarses-produced pilot for NBC Studios and NBC, with Allison Hannigan starring. Karey Burke and Bill Wrubel will exec produce with Tarses and Tarses. Wrubel wrote the script with Matt Tarses.

The film is the first Schwimmer has done since the Mike Figgis-directed “Hotel.” He also starred in the miniseries “Uprising” and “Band of Brothers.”

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