Ray William Johnson, who rose to fame with his YouTube comedy show “Equals Three,” will appear in indie road-trip pic “Who’s Driving Doug,” which stars with RJ Mitte (“Breaking Bad”).
The pic revolves around a reclusive wheelchair-bound recluse (Mitte) who takes a road trip with his new driver (Johnson) that transforms their lives throughout the journey. Paloma Kwiatkowski (“Bates Motel”) co-stars.
“Who’s Driving Doug” is produced by David Katz and Nicole Carbonetta. Screenplay is by Michael Carnick, who himself is confined to a wheelchair with a rare disorder.
A rep for Katz Agency, the talent management firm producing the film, said the producers intend to shop the completed film as a “negative pickup” by a major or a mini-major studio. Principal photography is slated to begin May 27 in Los Angeles, with debut eyed for early 2015.
Johnson, who has 10.7 million YouTube followers, produced and starred in comedy series “Equals Three” since launching it in 2009. In March, he announced that he was quitting the show but would look for a new host. Last year he signed a script deal with FX Entertainment.
Johnson is repped by WME Endeavor and managed by 3 Arts Entertainment and Troy Zien. Mitte is repped by BRS/GAGE and Melinda Esquibel, and Kwiatkowski is repped by manager Darren Goldberg, agent Carrie Wheeler and attorney Neil Meyer.