When you watch MacGruber, the ridiculously funny action movie spoof starring Will Forte, it seems amazing the movie was even made. It was based on a series of sketches from Saturday Night Live, in which Forte plays a completely inept MacGyver type whose improvised solutions to crises always failed and ended in an explosion.
It seemed like a thin premise on which to build a movie, but Forte and his co-creator, Jorma Taccone (who also directed), made it work. The result is a delightfully absurd comedy that sends up the action movies of the 80s and 90s and features insane sequences, like one in which MacGruber has sex with his late wife’s ghost.
Almost as insane as the movie itself is the fact that actual actors appeared alongside Forte and fellow SNL alum Kristin Wiig, but accomplished thespians Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, and Ryan Phillippe both went along for the ride and seemed to have a blast doing it.
Now, Peacock is bringing MacGruber back, in the form of an eight-episode series, and once again, Forte and Jaccone have convinced more serious actors – three Oscar nominees, even – to join in the fun.
According to Variety, the MacGruber series, which already stars Forte as MacGruber, Kristin Wiig as his ex-wife Vicki, and Ryan Phillippe, has added Laurence Fishburne, Sam Elliott, and Mickey Rourke to the cast.
Variety says the series will pick up when MacGruber gets out of jail after ten-plus years and has to reunite his old team to fight a villain from his past, Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth, to be played by the Oscar-nominated Rourke (The Wrestler). The Oscar-nominated Sam Elliott, nominated a few years ago for A Star Is Born, will portray Perry, MacGruber’s estranged father, and the Oscar-nominated Fishburne fleshes out the cast as Vicki’s new husband, General Barrett Fasoose (gotta love those character names!), a highly decorated, well-respected soldier in the US military. After watching MacGruber hold an obsessive grudge against a driver who insults his car, one can only imagine his feelings towards his ex-wife’s new man!
MacGruber is heading to Peacock, but we don’t yet know when. When we do, we’ll be ready with celery in our butts.