Best comedy buds Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are about to embark on a strange trip. The Wrap reports that the duo will be starring in an adaptation of Daniel Asa Rose’s darkly funny memoir Larry’s Kidney, set to be directed by Richard Linklater. That is, if the director survives his co-habitation with convicted murderer Bernie Tiede, who inspired 2011’s Bernie.
The story begins with Larry Feldman, a “gun-toting couch potato,” who after two years on dialysis desperately needed a kidney. Risking everything, he decided to head to China with cousin Daniel (the author) — a relative he hadn’t spoken to for years. During his bizarre journey to get a kidney transplant, Larry also decided to meet a mail-order bride. However, his search for life and love didn’t go as planned. “Conflicted about the ethical issues surrounding medical tourism, and with no time to cultivate even a single Chinese contact, Daniel left the next day, on his own dime,” Rose’s website reveals.
Ferrell will play the role of the author, while Galifianakis stars as black-sheep cousin Larry. Production was expected to start in the spring, but a timeline has yet to be confirmed. In the meantime, explore Rose’s website for more information about the real-life adventures of Larry, and read an excerpt from the book.
And here’s just one reason why we’re excited to see these two guys team up again on screen.
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