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Josh Gad gets two thumbs up from the Roger Ebert biopic

Frozen and Pixels actor Josh Gad has signed on to portray Pulitzer prize winning film critic Roger Ebert in a debaucherous comedy opposite Will Ferrell. The film, titled Russ & Roger is directed by Michael Winterbottom.

hollywood Updated: Sep 03, 2015 21:58 IST
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Josh Gad will play legendary film critic Roger Ebert. (Shutterstock)

Josh Gad will portray film critic Roger Ebert in Russ & Roger, a comedy centering on the film critic and his debaucherous relationship with filmmaker Russ Meyer.

Will Ferrell is already on board to play Meyer, the director who made movies like Wild Gals of the Naked West and Faster Pussycat! Kill Kill!, said the Hollywood Reporter.

Russ & Roger is described as a debaucherous comedy centering on two outsiders who defied the Hollywood establishment and made one of the first X-rated films ever released by a major movie studio.

Michael Winterbottom is directing the feature, which has a script by Chris Cluess.

Gad's involvement was initially rumoured last winter, even before the project had its director.

The 34-year-old became a household voice when he gave life to Olaf the snowman in Disney's Frozen. He starred with Adam

Sandler and Peter Dinklage in Sony's action-comedy Pixels and just wrapped production on Disney's live-action take on Beauty and the Beast, in which he plays Le Fou.

Watch the trailer for Russ Meyer's scandalous movie Faster Pussycat! Kill Kill!

First Published: Sep 02, 2015 15:47 IST