Early Buzz: Your Highness

Your Highness

It looks like they have begun to test screen David Gordon Green‘s new comedy Your Highness, starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel. After the jump you can find a round up of comments from IMDb, Twitter and other sources, from TEN people who claim to have attended the recent test screening in Burbank on February 18th 2010.

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Danny McBride to Star in Jody Hill’s L.A.P.I.

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Now that Danny McBride and Jody Hill ostensibly have the keys to the kingdom by way of their new production company, Rough House Pictures, the world of comedy better watch its stagnant ass. Hill is attached to direct, and McBride to star as a “beaten down, hardboiled private investigator,” in a new action-comedy called L.A.P.I. Their pal and fellow North Carolina School of the Arts alum, David Gordon Green, who co-founded the company with them last year, will co-produce.

What’s intriguing is that unlike their previous collaborations The Foot Fist Way, HBO’s Eastbound & Down, and Observe & Report, the idea and pitch for L.A.P.I. originates outside the crew’s creative circle, from screenwriter team Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan. The duo have two other buzzing projects in development: a comedy entitled Comic Con (one of two scripts by these guys on the 2009 Black List) and a remake of Brewster’s Millions. McBride and Hill are pretty damn selective about material, so I can’t wait to hear more and see what appealed to them.¬†Read the official press release and additional /Film thoughts after the jump. Or just go celebrate in your backyard by waving around a machete and leaving uncool magical trails…

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Your Highness
Universal Pictures has released their 2010 movie preview, which included this first official photo from David Gordon Green‘s Your Highness, starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel. Check out the full photo after the jump, click to enlarge.

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I had the distinct pleasure to take part in a round table discussion with Bunny & the Bull director Paul King and stars Edward Hogg and Simon Farnaby at this weekend’s cosplay-tastic MCM Expo, where they provided a brief welcome relief amongst the rampaging hordes of toons-made-flesh on a good time mission.

Farnaby has recently completed filming on David Gordon Green‘s Your Highness, in which he is playing one of a gang of “Elite Knights” who he says are the “baddies” of the picture. When the round table was wrapping up and the old “What’s next for you?” standby came out, he was forthcoming with some details of his scenes and on-set experience. Full quotage after the break.

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What follows basically amounts to me copy/pasting an entire press release from Universal, for which I apologize. But this is one of the few times where the action is worthwhile, because the studio has sent out a set of approved synopses for the 2010 slate, and there are details here about films like MacGruber, David Gordon Green‘s Your Highness and Ridley Scott‘s still-Untitled Robin Hood Adventure that we hadn’t seen assembled all in one place. Read More »

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Tacked to the end of an unrelated story in the trades is first word that David Gordon Green‘s remake of Suspiria will begin shooting next year. This consciousness-altering bit of movie news was discovered by The Playlist. Curtsy. Green, who has managed to maintain his indie cred (Snow Angels) and establish box office pull and mainstream cachet (Pineapple Express), is currently in Ireland helming the Danny McBride stoner fantasia¬†Your Highness for Universal. Last summer, I covered a rumor that Natalie Portman was cast as the lead in his Suspiria flick; as with today there was never a solid follow-up. However, Portman was later cast as the warrior princess/McBride’s unlikely love interest in Your Highness and previously expressed interest in the role.

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Wizard people, dear reader. The casting director on Your Highness must really hate shitty talent. Today brings confirmation that Justin Theroux, the guy burdened with writing Iron Man 2 and hiding scythe-like eyebrows, will play a badguy wizard in the R-rated stoner fantasia due 2010 from Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green.

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The first set photo of Natalie Portman in David Gordon Green‘s The Highness has been discovered on the fansite Natalieportman.com [via Playlist / Collider]. The photo shows the suspected actress, in green and sporting a shorter haircut, watching on as a medieval jousting duel takes place in background. Check out the full photo after the jump.

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