Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have just gotten some traveling companions for their upcoming road trip comedy Paul.
Variety is reporting that the all-star comedy lineup of Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader and Jane Lynch has been added to the film.
Pegg and Frost, who co-wrote the script, star as two British science-fiction geeks who travel to the US to attend the San Diego Comics Con and then rent an RV to drive to Area 51 in the hopes of spotting a real UFO. They wind up getting more than they planned for when they meet Paul, an alien escaping from the Top Secret facility. Together the three travel across the country so Paul can signal a rescue ship to come and retrieve him before the pursuing government agents can recapture him.
Rogen will be providing the voice of the wise-cracking alien. It hasn’t been revealed who the rest of the cast will be playing, but there are plenty of choice roles in the script. The FBI team pursuing Paul is headed up by the relentless Agent Zoil. Along the way, the trio meets a young woman whose strict religious upbringing doesn’t allow for the possibility of life on other worlds and her over-protective, domineering, redneck father as well as an older woman who was nearly killed as a little girl by Paul’s crashing spaceship. There’s lots of potential with this cast.
Paul will be directed by Superbad/Adventureland helmer Greg Mottola. It marks the first time that Pegg and Frost have collaborated as writers, though they headlined the comedies Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. (And if you haven’t seen either one, you need to right this very minute.)