Ever since he found worldwide fame with The Office, British comedian Ricky Gervais has been pretty picky about choosing what projects to work on. Despite having all kinds of movie roles thrown at him over the past few years, up until he has only taken a few small parts in movies like For Your Consideration, Night at the Museum and Stardust. Now this year, at long last, we will get to see his first lead role in David Koepp’s Ghost Town, a comedy about… a guy who can see dead people?
I have to admit, the concept seemed pretty uninspired when I first read about it, and now that I’ve seen the trailer, I’m still kind of wondering what exactly he saw in this movie that made him jump into it. David Koepp is known more for his writing than his directing (he previously directed Stir of Echoes and Secret Window), so I’m hoping there are some really clever twists in the script or something. It has a vague Stranger Than Fiction dramedy feel to it, and it does have a decent supporting cast that includes Greg Kinnear and TÃƒÂ©a Leoni. The one good thing is that his character starts out as a guy who is a bit of an asshole, and it’s always fun to see Gervais play up that angle. Other than that, I’m not quite sold. Ghost Town is scheduled to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, and hits theatres everywhere on September 19th.