Comedic actors T.J. Miller (Yogi Bear), Adam Pally (Happy Endings), and Thomas Middleditch (The Campaign) are playing the lead roles in Search Party, a big studio comedy that’s set to start filming this week. The movie will mark the directorial debut of Scot Armstrong, who served as a screenwriter on Old School, Road Trip, and The Hangover Part II. Search Party follows two roommates (Miller, Pally) who go on a dangerous journey to rescue their friend Nardo (Middleditch) after he finds himself stranded and naked in Mexico. Miller will play lewd, fast-talking slob, while Pally will play his uptight sidekick. The movie was set up at Columbia two years ago under the name Road to Nardo but jumped studios and changed titles.
After The Hangover became a huge hit in 2009, you’d think big studios would have become more willing to gamble on comedic actors who hadn’t yet played the leads in a movie after The Hangover’s success turned Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, all of whom had never played leading men before, into movie stars overnight. That wasn’t the case, as studios continued to (mostly) hand off lead roles to established movie stars or high-profile TV actors, but Search Party represents a step in the right direction (even if the plot does sound pretty Hangover-y). It’s the first lead role for Miller, Pally, and Middleditch, who are all funny and deserving of a high-profile job like this. Hopefully, this opens the door for more talented comedic actors to close that supporting-to-lead gap in the years to come.