Natasha Lyonne is in final negotiations to join the ensemble of Netflix’s “A Futile and Stupid Gesture,” the biopic on National Lampoon co-founder Douglas Kenney.
Will Forte will play Kenney. Domhnall Gleeson will portray other co-founder Henry Beard in the feature being directed by David Wain.
Kenney was the editor of the Harvard Lampoon when he met Henry Beard and Robert Hoffman, which, soon after graduation, resulted in the creation of National Lampoon, the humor magazine that became a major force and brand in 1970s comedy. Kenney ended up going Hollywood and succumbed to drug and alcohol issues before falling off a cliff in Hawaii under mysterious circumstances.
Lyonne will play one of the first writers hired at National Lampoon.
Peter Principato and Jonathan Stern are producing. Ed Helms is exec producing along with Colton and Aboud. Ben Ormand, Ted Hamm and Sean McKittrick are also exec producing.
Lyonne can still be seen on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” as Nicky. She was most recently seen in the indie “Addicted to Fresno” as well as the Jason Sudeikis comedy “Sleeping With Other People.”
She is repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment.