Nutcrackers | Ben Stiller starring in and producing David Gordon Green’s new film

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Ben Stiller has found his first starring role in several years in David Gordon Green’s Nutcrackers. More details here: 

Ben Stiller has signed on to star in David Gordon Green’s next project, titled Nutcrackers, as reported by Deadline. Stiller will also be producing the film through his production company, Red Hour Films. 

Nutcrackers is currently in production in Ohio, but this is the first we’re hearing about it. Green has been busy rebooting the Halloween and The Exorcist franchises, the latter which will keep him busy until the release of The Exorcist: Deceiver, the sequel to this year’s The Exorcist: Believer, in 2025. 

Stiller has recently been focusing on work behind the camera. The Zoolander actor executive produced and directed six of the nine episodes of the first season of Severance for AppleTV+ recently and also directed all episodes of Escape at Dannemora for Showtime. Stiller hasn’t been seen in a starring role in a feature film since 2017’s The Meyerowitz Stories and Brad’s Status. 

Nutcrackers reportedly follows the workaholic Mike (Stiller), who travels to rural Ohio to look after his nephews after they lose their parents in a tragic car accident. His three-day trip suddenly becomes several weeks, but Mike quickly realises that maybe he doesn’t need to find a home for the wee ones after all. 

Leland Douglas has penned the script for the film. With a title like Nutcrackers, could we be looking at a Christmas movie? We don’t know for sure, but if we were the gambling kind, we’d be willing to bet two stockings and a Santa hat that it is. 

While Green has devoted the last 5 years of his career to resurrecting classic horror franchises, Nutcrackers seems to find him back in familiar ground. Green has previously directed the affecting Jake Gyllenhaal drama Stronger as well as stoner comedy Pineapple Express. Talk about variety.  

No release date for this one yet, but with production already underway, it might arrive sooner rather than later. We’ll keep you posted on all things Nutcrackers. 

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