Josh Gad has closed a deal to play the legendary film critic Roger Ebert in the STX comedy "Russ & Roger Go Beyond."
Will Ferrell is on board to play sexploitation maestro Russ Meyer with Michael Winterbottom directing. Gad had been in talks to star for some time, contingent on scheduling.
A debauched comedy where truth is crazier than fiction, the film is an outrageous look at two no-holds-barred outsiders who defied the Hollywood establishment to make one of the first X-rated films ever released by a major movie studio ("Beyond the Valley of the Dolls") -- having the party of a lifetime in the process.
Bob Simonds' STX Entertainment will finance...