Alexander Payne, writer/director of such minor (not minor at all) films as The Descendants, Sideways, and Election, wants Will Forte to star in his next film, Nebraska, with Bruce Dern. Deadline reports the film is about “an alcoholic [Dern] on the downside of his life, who gets a sweepstakes letter in the mail and mistakenly thinks he’s struck it rich. He gets in a car to head down to claim his fortune, accompanied by his underachieving son [Forte].” It’s an interesting pair, considering Dern has primarily worked as a character actor his entire career and Forte has never been in anything with this sort of heft (except all of MacGruber’s celery scenes). Payne is notoriously particular when choosing his projects and his casts so it means a lot for Forte to be thought of, especially considering that he hasn’t really found a breakout role since leaving SNL two years ago. It will make sense when there is a huge plot twist in which the son character dresses up like his fiancé and sings a duet of “All by Myself.”
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