Untitled Will Ferrell NASCAR Comedy Begins Principal Photography in Charlotte, NC: " John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen Co-Star for
Director Adam McKay
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Principal photography begins
today in Charlotte, NC on Columbia Pictures' Untitled Will Ferrell NASCAR
Comedy directed by Adam McKay from a screenplay by Ferrell and McKay. Set in
the high-octane world of NASCAR racing, the comedy is produced by Jimmy Miller
and Judd Apatow, with David Householter serving as executive producer.
Untitled Will Ferrell NASCAR Comedy tells the story of NASCAR stock car
racing sensation Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) whose 'win at all costs' approach
has made him a national hero. He and his loyal racing partner, childhood
friend Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly), are a fearless duo -- dubbed
'Thunder' and 'Lightning' by their fans for their ability to finish so many
races in the #1 and #2 positions, with Cal always in second place. When a
flamboyant French Formula One driver, Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen),
challenges the 'Thunder' and 'Lightning' for the supremacy of NASCAR, Ricky
Bobby must face his own demons and fight Girard for the right to be known as
racing's top driver.
Gary Cole, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb and Jane Lynch head a
supporting cast. Other key contributors include cinematographer Oliver Wood,
production designer Clayton Hartley and costume designer Susan Matheson.
Untitled Will Ferrell NASCAR Comedy is directed and co-written by Adam
McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), who authored the screenplay
with co-writer Will Ferrell. Jimmy Miller (Kicking & Screaming) and Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin) are the producers and David Householter (JustLike Heaven) is the executive producer.