When he’s not busy being the epitome of small-town awesome as Ron effing Swanson on US telly comedy Parks & Recreation, Nick Offerman adds his considerable comedy and general acting chops to movies. And now he’s signed on to Diablo Cody’s still-untitled directorial debut.
The film, which was once (and may yet be) called Lamb Of God, finds Footloose’s Julianne Hough as Lamb, a devoutly religious young woman who suffers terrible burns in a plane crash. The traumatic experience causes her to renounce her faith and leave her parents in Washington, D.C. for Vegas, where she looks to re-invent herself by giving in to sin.
But it’s there that she meets friends such as bartender William (Russell Brand) and craps dealer Loray (Octavia Spencer, who may well be "Oscar winner Octavia Spencer" by the time the weekend is over) who help her see that there might just be some middle ground.
There’s no word on who Offerman will play, and you may place your bets now as to whether he goes full ‘tache or ‘tache-less. He’s joining a cast that also includes Holly Hunter and Phil Austin.
Cody is setting up to shoot the film shortly. Offerman will next be seen in 21 Jump Street (out here 16 March) and Casa De Mi Padre alongside Will Ferrell, which has yet to lasso a UK release date.