Will Ferrell to Star as Professional eSports Player in Upcoming Comedy

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Will Ferrell is attached to star in the untitled comedy set in the world of eSports for Legendary.

Gary Sanchez and Mosaic will produce based on a script by Michael Kvamme and Jordan Dunn. Patrick Connelly and John Beach of Gravity Squared are co-producing.

Ferrell will star as a member of a professional eSports team. In the film he is an anomaly in a sport where players usually retire in their 20s due to slowing hand-eye coordination. Evil Geniuses and Fnatic, two of the premiere real-life eSports teams in the world, are in discussions to have a presence in the film.

The film will be in the vein of Ferrell’s NASCAR comedy “Talladega Nights.” Universal will distribute.

Today’s top eSports players are as young as 15, and can earn millions of dollars through prize money, endorsements and streaming. The 2016 prize pool for the game DOTA’s championship was over $20 million, and last year’s League of Legends finals had more viewers than the World Series or NBA Finals.

Ferrell is currently in production on the Sony comedy “Holmes and Watson” opposite John C. Reilly.

He is repped by UTA and Mosaic. Kvamme and Dunn previously penned “SpongeBob SquarePants 3” for Paramount and recently sold the spec “Operation: Prince of Freedom” to Paramount. They are repped by Mosaic and Verve.

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  1. Chris Wagar says:

    Wow, lets cast someone who is cringey as hell as an esports player. That sounds like a brilliant and honest way to portray these dumb fucking millenials who are such fucking losers that they can’t play real sports. Screw the idiots who greenlit this.

  2. for this sort of movie to be successful it will need insanely good writers.

  3. CapitalP says:

    Will Ferrell is my guy, I’m on board.

    • Cheerleader says:

      This is the kind of comedy that Will Ferrell can be crazy good in and can have you rolling in the theater aisles. Looking forward to this one and DADDY’S HOME 2. I loved DADDY’S HOME so much that while we were out shopping the Black Friday sales we got the blue ray disc at Walmart for $5.99.

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