Taran Killam Is Going To Be a Movie Star

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Taran Killam was the breakout performer on SNL this year and it seems like Hollywood took notice. In the last week he has gotten three pretty significant film roles: Growing Up (and Other Lies), Killer Rebound Guy, and Twelve Years a Slave. Growing Up, written by Humboldt County writers Danny Jacobs and Darren Grodsky, is an indie comedy about four bros who decide to walk the length of Manhattan together as a way to remember the old days as Killam’s character intends on moving out of New York. Killer Rebound Guy, written by UCB fixtures Katie Dippold (Parks & Recreation) and John Reynolds (Late Late Show), stars Adam Pally as a dumped ex-boyfriend who tries to convince his small town that his ex’s new boyfriend (Killam) is actually a serial killer. Lastly, Twelve Years a Slave is a film by fancy pants director Steve McQueen (last year’s Shame) that is set to star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, and Brad Pitt. Killam will play a traveling performer who abducts Ejiofor’s characters and sells him into slavery. This very serious sounding drama is such a change of pace for Killam that I wouldn’t be surprised if getting cast wasn’t all just an excuse to help improve him his Brad Pitt impersonation. That is a lie – that would be like way surprising.