Ed Helms (The Hangover films) and Owen Wilson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Zoolander 2) star in Alcon Entertainment’s comedy Bastards, under the direction of Lawrence Sher (The Hangover films). The film marks the directorial debut of the veteran cinematographer.
Helms and Wilson play Peter and Kyle Reynolds, two brothers whose eccentric mother (Glenn Close) raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father, learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.
Oscar nominee Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs, Guardians of the Galaxy) stars as the twins’ mother, Helen, and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-actor Terry Bradshaw (Failure to Launch) join the cast as potential father figures.
Rounding out the cast are comedian Katt Williams, Oscar nominee June Squibb (“Nebraska”), Kate Aselton (TV’s “The League”), and Ving Rhames (the “Mission Impossible” films).
Sher directs from a screenplay by Justin Malen (Bad Teacher 2). Academy Award nominees Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove (The Blindside) are producing, along with, from the Montecito Picture Company, Academy Award nominee Ivan Reitman, (Up in the Air), Tom Pollock (Draft Day), and Ali Bell (Draft Day). Chris Fenton and Chris Cowles are executive producing.
Sher’s behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography John Lindley (St. Vincent) and production designer Stephen H. Carter (art director on Birdman: or [The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance]).
Scheduled for release on December 22, 2017, the film is an Alcon Entertainment presentation and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.