T.J. Miller in negotiations to star in ROAD TO NARDO, Scot Armstrong’s directing debut
Comedian extraordinaire and GATW favorite T.J. Miller is currently in negotiations for his first starring role in Scot Armstrong's ROAD TO NARDO. It would be Miller's first leading role after turning in a bevy of scene-stealing work. Armstrong is best known as a comedy screenwriter, with a resume that includes OLD SCHOOL, ROAD TRIP, THE HEARTBREAK KID, and THE HANGOVER PART II. The project will also be a first for Armstrong - it is set as his feature directorial debut.
Miller would play one of the leads in ROAD TO NARDO, a film that "centers on two roommates who go to great and dangerous lengths to save their friend Nardo, who is naked and stranded in Mexico." Miller's role would be that of "a fast-talking and slobby guy in his 20s who lives to gamble, drink and hook-up. He jumps into action when he hears Nardo is in a major bind and recruits his more upwardly mobile roommate for the rescue mission." So it sounds a bit like THE HANGOVER and DUE DATE mixed in with some Odd Couple hijinks. It will be quite interesting to see who they cast as the "more upwardly mobile roommate" and the titular Nardo (why do I see Jonah Hill?).
Miller has been steadily building himself an impressive comedic resume, from his work as a stand-up comedian to his uniquely funny role in CLOVERFIELD to bit parts in EXTRACT, SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE, UNSTOPPABLE, and YOGI BEAR (a role which he notoriously campaigned for). He's even added on voice work in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (and its upcoming sequel) and television roles in Carpoolers and Happy Endings. He also recently signed on for SEEKING A FRIEND AT THE END OF THE WORLD.
Armstrong's work is a bit more iffy - though OLD SCHOOL and ROAD TRIP are fun films, stuff like THE HEARTBREAK KID and THE HANGOVER PART II strike this writer as unimpressive retread. It's heartening that Armstrong would go with original material for his debut, as at least his screenwriting talents seem to work best in that realm.
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