'The Hand Job': 4 More Actors Join, Plus Fresh Character Details

Thursday, 10 March 2011 14:53 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'The Hand Job': 4 More Actors Join, Plus Fresh Character Details

Yesterday, IAR gave you a heads up on the ensemble coming together for The Hand Job starring Aubrey Plaza.  That formidable list consisted of Bill Hader, Alia Shawcat, Andy Samberg, Mae Whitman, Connie Britton, Donald Glover, Mae Whitman, and Johhny Simmons.  Now, Variety reports that four more actors  will bring the funny in The Hand Job: Scott Porter, who is a 'Friday Night Lights' veteran; Christopher Mintz-Plasse, forever known as Superbad''s McLovin; and Mystery Team co-writers and co-stars Dominic Dierkes and DC Pierson, both of whom are members of  the Derrick Comedy trio, along with Donald Glover.  Read on for character descriptions of almost the entire cast.

The film's plot concerns an upright high school graduate, played by Plaza, looking to expand her sexual vocabulary before starting college.  Alia Shawkat and Mae Whitman, who respectively played Maeby and Anne on 'Arrested Development', will portray the protagonist's best friends. 

Plaza's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World co-star Johnny Simmons is set as a fellow student and co-worker, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse will be his science fiction-obsessed best buddy. 

'Saturday Night Live' and Hot Rod actor Bill Hader will appear as a pot-smoking pool manager.  His fellow 'SNL' comedy machine Andy Samberg's role is one of the few that remain mysterious.

All three members of Derrick Comedy, Donald Glover, DC Pierson, and Dominic Dierkes will play lifeguards, presumably employed at Hader's pool.

Scott Porter will entrance Plaza as a grunge rocker, and his fellow 'Friday Night Lights' co-star Connie Britton will bring her free spirited, hippie mother.  The rest of Plaza's family – a beautiful older sister and stern, conservative father – have yet to be cast.

The Hand Job was written by Hader's wife, Maggie Carey, and the screenplay earned a place on the 2009 Black List, which compiles each year's best unproduced screenplays.  So far, the cast looks like a who's-who of comedic actors that will be huge in just a few years.  Bill Hader and Andy Samberg are both on the cusp already, and Aubrey Plaza is pitch perfect every week on 'Parks and Recreation'.  Donald Glover holds it down on another NBC comedy, 'Community', and this film should provide his Derrick Comedy compatriots with their share of the spotlight.  I could go on about Mae Whitman, Alia Shawkat, Johnny Simmons and the rest of the group, but you get the idea.

Do you think The Hand Job will serve as a launching pad for a generation of future comedy titans?

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