Woody Harrelson and Kaitlin Olson to Star in Bobby Farrelly Movie – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Woody Harrelson, Oscar nominee and Emmy winner (real detective, zombieland), Emmy-nominated Kaitlin Olson (Philadelphia is always sunny, hacks), Grammy-nominated Cheech Marin (Born in East LA, dusk till dawn) and Matt Cook (Man with a plan, the return) will lead Champions, a recently completed film that Bobby Farrelly (Stupid and even dumber, There’s something about Mary) made for Focus Features and Gold Circle Entertainment.
Champions is based on the Goya award-winning Spanish film Campeones, released by Universal Pictures International in 2018. It centers on a headstrong and brash minor league basketball coach who is forced to coach a Special Olympics team when he is sentenced to community service. Madison Tevlin, Joshua Felder, Kevin Iannucci, Ashton Gunning, Matthew Von Der Ahe, Tom Sinclair, James Day Keith, Alex Hintz, Casey Metcalfe, Bradley Edens and Champ Pederson are among the actors with developmental disabilities who complete the cast to ensure authenticity of the story. .
Mark Rizzo wrote the screenplay. Paul Brooks, Scott Niemeyer and Jeremy Plager produced, with Harrelson, Brad Kessell, Alexander Jooss, Luis Manso, Alvaro Longoria and Javier Fesser executive producing, and Joe Toto and Carlen Johnson overseeing the project for Focus Features. Focus will distribute the film domestically, Universal Pictures will handle its international release.
Farrelly is a PGA Award winner whose films with his brother Peter, including Stupid and even dumber and its sequel Dumb and Dumber To, Center pivot, There’s something about Mary, Me, myself and Irene, Osmosis Jones, Shallow hall, stuck to you, Overexcitement, The broken child, Hall pass and The Three Stooges– have grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide. He recently directed the series strong milk (Public Network), The now (Quibi) and Trailer park boys (BBC America), also executive producer of the former.
Harrelson earned his Oscar nominations for Three billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri, The messenger and The People vs. Larry Flynt, winning an Emmy in 1989 for his supporting role as Woody Boyd in Cheers. He will next be seen in the HBO series The White House Plumbers, action thriller by Patrick Hughes The man from Toronto and the film by Ruben Östlund triangle of sadness, among other projects.
Olson is best known for his serial turns, including Philadelphia is always sunny, hacks and The mic. She is also featured in shows such as Reversed and Calm your enthusiasm, as well as films including Arizona, Finding Dory and The heat.
Marin is an actor and comedian who broke into the 70s, alongside Tommy Chong, as one half of the comedy duo Cheech & Chong. He appeared in films such as machetee, Planet Terror, Crusher, metal mug, From dusk till dawn, Desperado, Ghostbusters II, Born in East Los Angeles, after hours and In smoke, as well as series including Helen of Avalor, Lodge 49 and Joan the Virgin.
Cook recently appeared in Amazon’s Aaron Sorkin drama Be the Ricardos and will next be seen in Peter Farrelly’s Apple movie The greatest beer race of all time, among other projects. The actor has previously appeared on the television side in Man with a plan, will and grace, Grace and Frankie and more.
Farrelly is represented by A3, Anonymous and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols; Rizzo by CAA; Harrelson of Seven Deuce Entertainment; Olson by UTA; Marin by Innovative Artists and Weintraub Tobin Chediak; Cook by Innovative Artists, Working Entertainment and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols; Iannucci and Von Der Ahe by Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates; and Edens by Kutalent Agency in North Carolina.