Aziz Ansari (Funny People, “Parks And Rec”) has joined the cast of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Apocalypse. He’s just the latest in a long line of comedy pros to join the cast including Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. All of the actors will be playing themselves as they are stuck in Franco’s apartment in Los Angeles facing an apocalypse.
Ansari told Grantland, “I’m doing this thing in this movie, called The Apocalypse. It’s Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride — and all those guys. And it’s basically all of us playing ourselves. Me, McBride, Jonah, Seth — everyone’s playing themselves, and the bit is James Franco’s having a party at his house, and the Apocalypse starts happening.”
Earlier, Rogen elaborated on the horror roots of the project. “We want to make a horror comedy. Some of our favorite movies are like ‘Army of Darkness’ and ‘Evil Dead’, sh*t like that… Movies like ‘The Mist’, we love the idea of these movies where people are boarded up in a house together and whatever’s out there is scary but being stuck with each other is far more miserable probably.”
The project is inspired by a short called “Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse” that featured Rogen and Jay Baruchel playing themselves, holed up in an apartment as they dealt with the end of the world. Rogen wrote the script with Goldberg, who will make his directorial debut on the project. Sony Pictures will finance and distribute.
Go inside to check out the short the project is based on.