Stiller on top

January 15, 2007 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Ben Stiller is set to star in and direct Tropic Thunder, a high concept action-comedy. The film will be his first writing and directing credit since 2001’s Zoolander. 

The comedy star told Production Weekly that he has been working on the script since his bit-part in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, way back in 1987. 

Tropic Thunder will revolve around five actors on the set of a big-budget action movie who are forced to become the commandos they play when faced with a real war-like situation.  Stiller co-wrote the script with Etan Cohen and Justin Theroux 

Stiller’s name is pure box-office gold, as the high-earning Night at the Museum has proven. However, his last few performances after Dodgeball have felt a bit lacklustre and a return to comedic form is needed. Luckily, the last time Stiller wrote, directed, produced and starred in something, Zoolander was born. And that was damned funny.  

What’s more, if Stiller fills the other four roles in Tropic Thunder with his fellow Frat-Pack members, we could be looking at some pretty smashing co-stars in Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson, Steve Carrell or Vince Vaughn. Not a shabby looking cast, really.  

Tropic Thunder is set to begin shooting in July, so all going well, 2008 could be the comedic comeback of the guy who invented Magnum.  

Pictures: Top Right: Ben Stiller, Bottom Left: Stiller as Derek Zoolander

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