“Saturday Night Live” has typically been quite a career launcher for comedians, and now another star is hoping to cash in. THR reports Bill Hader, who is still a current cast member, is set to star in indie comedy “Lawless”, apparently the most popular movie title of the moment.
Comedy writers Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, who penned Jim Carrey hit “Yes Man”, will make their directorial debut on this project. This “Lawless”, not to be confused with John Hillcoat’s violent Prohibition-era drama or Terrence Malick’s Texas-set romantic triangle drama, follows Hader as a high school reunion committee chairman who was an outsider in high school and is still looking for acceptance from his class. He pursues the attendance of the popular guy from high school, only he’s now a commercial actor, so Hader’s character travels to Los Angeles and gets entangled in the crazy world of Hollywood. A summer production in Atlanta is scheduled.
Hader has been an SNL cast member since 2005, and is probably most known for his outrageous New York tour guide Stefon, who appears on the sketch comedy’s popular Weekend Updates segments. On film he’s made cameos and had bit parts in films like “This is 40” and “Men in Black 3”, in which he played Andy Warhol, and he recently filmed companion pieces “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers” with James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. He’s also part of the upcoming voice cast for animated film “Turbo.”