Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis and Bill Hader team up for scifi comedy

Zach Galifianakis is set to join Seth Rogan and Bill Hader in “The Something.”

It’s been hard not to notice how many movies have recently taken advantage of humanity’s fascination with space and the endless science fiction possibilities offered by the great black expanse of the universe. Whether trapped on Mars, or fighting interstellar wars against the dark side, cinema goers have turned out in full force to explore space on the big screen.

As is Hollywood tradition, it was only a matter of time before a comedy project was announced taking advantage of all the scifi hype. Such a film is in the works, titled “The Something,” and is set to have an impressive cast of comedic A-listers.

The film will be the directorial debut of writer Rodney Rothman. Rothman’s previous work includes “22 Jump Street” and more notably, several years as both staff and head writer for “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

On the other side of the camera will be comedy veterans Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis and Bill Hader. All three men have a slew of acting and voice work credentials, mainly in comedies, and are primed to a deliver rib-aching performance.

Actor, writer and producer, Rogen is most recognizable from his roles in “Pineapple Express,” “Superbad,” “Knocked up” and “The Interview.” While fans most often recognize him as an actor, Rogen also penned most of the films he has been in over the years and has worked behind the camera before.

Another actor which movie goers will quickly recognize is Galifianakis, who is possibly most well-known for his role in the “Hangover” trilogy, though he more recently impressed with his varied acting ability in last year’s award-winning “Birdman.”

Though fans may not as quickly recognize him, Hader has been long involved in TV and film media as both a writer and an actor. He was one of the writer’s for “Superbad,” worked for “Saturday Night Live” and even spent some time in the studios for “South Park.”

As for the plot of the film, not much is known. Rothman made his first pitch to Universal Films for the movie back in 2010, and was just recently given the go-ahead. “The Something” will follow a group of astronauts, played by Galifianakis, Rogen and Hader. The three men have been stuck in orbit with no outside contact for years, but finally encounter another ship. 

Though Rothman is by no means a Hollywood rookie, it will be interesting to see how he handles directing a trio of seasoned comedians, all of whom are known for heavy improvisational work and on-set antics.

“The Something” will be produced by Evan Goldberg, no stranger to comedy himself. He worked with Rogen before on “This is the End,” “The Interview” and several other projects, some of which Hader was also involved with. 

Zach Galifianakis will make his next on screen appearance in “Keeping Up with the Joneses.” Off-screen, Galifianakis has already been slated to voice The Joker in the upcoming “The LEGO Batman Movie.”

Though no time has been set for release, “The Something” already has the credentials to be a potential blockbuster success. 

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