Bill Hader has signed on to play Vaughn Meader in a biopic about the late comedian/impressionist. Meader became famous for impersonating JFK, which went swimmingly for him until JFK was assassinated, which essentially ended his carrer. The movie will be penned by Rob Siegel, who wrote The Wrestler and wrote/directed Big Fan. Sounds like it’ll be a pretty dark comedy, knowing how things ended up for Meader. It’ll be exciting to see Hader in a meaty role like this; as one of the best impressionists out there today, he’s a perfect choice for it. Says Hader about the part, “It’s a real interesting piece and in a weird way it feeds into now, just like people becoming super famous overnight, reality stars and stuff. This guy became crazy famous, the president was talking about this guy and then it all went away. It’s really interesting.”
For more on Meader, check out our feature on his bestselling Grammy-winning album The First Family.