Tim Robinson, Paul Rudd & Kate Mara Join ‘Friendship’ Comedy

Tim Robinson (I Think You Should Leave), Paul Rudd (Only Murders in the Building) and Kate Mara (Class of ’09) have been set to star in Friendship, a new comedy from Fifth Season and BoulderLight Pictures.

Pic centers on Craig Waterman (Robinson), who enjoys his life. He likes New Balance shoes, Subway sandwiches, and Marvel movies. He lives in the suburbs with his wife, Tami, and son, Steven. He’s happy to work at Universal Digital, a company that helps brands make their products more habit-forming. Craig sees no reason to change anything or make new friends… until weatherman Brian moves into the neighborhood. Mysterious yet friendly, macho but vulnerable, Brian (Rudd) transforms everything for Craig, but Craig’s obsessive and childlike nature threatens to ruin the friendship, and possibly everything else in his life.

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Friendship is the first feature from director Andrew DeYoung, who also penned the script and is exec producing alongside Tracy Rosenblum. Fifth Season is financing the project and producing with BoulderLight’s J. D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules. WME Independent and UTA are co-repping domestic sales with Fifth Season.

Recently winning three Emmys for his hugely popular Netflix sketch series I Think You Should Leave, Robinson has previously been seen on Documentary Now! and Detroiters, among other series.

Last seen starring in the third season of Only Murders in the Building, Rudd’s Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will be released on March 22. Other upcoming projects include A24’s Death of a Unicorn and FilmNation’s The Invite.

Recent credits for Mara include FX series Class of ’09 and A Teacher, as well as Phyllis Nagy’s abortion rights drama Call Jane. Coming up, she’ll be seen in Andre Gaines’s thriller The Dutchman, The Little Bedroom — an English-language remake of 2010 Swiss pic La Petite Chambre with Morgan Freeman and Laurence Fishburne — and sci-fi thriller The Astronaut.

Nominated for an Emmy for his writing of Would It Kill You to Laugh?, a comedy special starring John Early and Kate Berlant, which he also directed and exec produced, De Young has also helmed episodes of Our Flag Means Death, PEN15, I Love That for You, Miracle Workers, Shrill, Dave and Netflix’s upcoming The Decameron.

DeYoung is represented by WME and Rise; Robinson by CAA, Odenkirk Provissiero, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller; Rudd by UTA, Lighthouse Management + Media, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Mara by CAA and Mosaic; and BoulderLight by Range Media Partners.

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