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Ryan Phillippe eyes 'MacGruber'

MUMBAI: Ryan Phillippe is in negotiations to star in the feature, with Val Kilmer in negotiations to also join the Relativity Media production. Will Forte and Kristen Wiig are reprising their roles from the skits.

Phillipe will star in MacGruber the recurring Saturday Night Live skit that parodies MacGyver.


Jorma Taccone, who created the character and directed most of the skits, is helming the film which SNL producer and creator Lorne Michaels produces.


The MacGruber sketches starred Forte as MacGyver‘s son with Wiig as an assistant who always find themselves, along with that week‘s guest star, in a control room with a ticking bomb about to go off. MacGruber gets sidelined by personal issues, and the bomb goes off.


The film harkens back to an earlier era when comedies based on "SNL" skits were commonplace, especially in the wake of the massive success of 1992‘s "Wayne‘s World" and its sequel. The trend eventually faded, seemingly dovetailing with the relevancy of the show itself.


The film would see Phillippe playing Piper, an Army officer forced to pair up with a reluctant MacGruber. Kilmer would be Cunth.

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