Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx and Will Forte are teaming up for a new adult-skewing comedy that promises an all-star team both in front of and behind the camera. OK, “in front of the camera” may be a bit of a cheat in this instance. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trio got together in the fall to shoot the upcoming comedy Strays which is described as a mix of live-action and computer-generated images. So, it’s unclear whether or not Ferrell, Foxx and Will Forte will be seen in the film or if they’ll merely be voicing animated characters.
According to the outlet, Will Ferrell stars as an abandoned dog who recruits a loveable band of fellow strays (like the title says) to seek revenge on his crummy owner. Jamie Foxx plays one of the strays who joins Ferrell’s fight and Forte is going to be playing Ferrell’s former owner who needs to be taught a good, hilarious lesson. Though the premise of the movie sounds comedic and family-friendly, it’s been reported that it will skew more toward adult viewers than little kids.
While Will Ferrell is enough to draw in anyone looking to have their funny bone tickled, there’s even more Hollywood firepower behind the scenes of Strays. According to TheWrap, the film will be directed by Josh Greenbaum, who made a name for himself last year when he directed the wacky and bonkers breakout hit Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, which Will Ferrell produced by ay of his production company. Meanwhile Dan Perrault, who helped write the incredibly funny Netflix series American Vandal, which was completely robbed at only two impossibly funny seasons on Netflix, wrote the script for Strays.
Other big names backing Will Ferrell in producing Strays include Louis Leterrier (Lupin, Now You See Me), Academy Award winners Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) and Lord Miller President of Film Aditya Sood (The Martian, Cocaine Bear). In fact, the film is part of Lord Miller’s overall deal with Universal. Erik Feig (La La Land) will produce for Picturestart.
News of the wacky and lighthearted project comes at a particularly heavy time for Will Ferrell now that details of his friendship with longtime collaborator Adam McKay have been aired out for the public to see. After the duo announced in 2019 that they were ending their collaborative partnership, which included a production company, Adam McKay did a tell-all interview with Vanity Fair in which he outlined how exactly their working relationship broke down. In essence, Ferrell is at a place in his life where he’s pleased with his body of work and just wants to make cool, funny projects like Strays that excite him. Adam McKay, meanwhile, saw the power that their brand had and wanted to use it to make their production company a massive player in Hollywood filmmaking. While those disagreements seem professional, it seems they crept their way into the duo’s personal lives and continues to strain them to this day.