HBO has picked up Bill Hader’s new half-hour hitman comedy series, Barry. Deadline has a description of the project and some of the impressive cast:
Co-written by Hader and Silicon Valley executive producer Alec Berg, Barry centers on an ex-Marine (Hader) who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the LA theater scene.
Bill Hader as an ex-Marine is funny in and of itself. And he plays a hitman who falls in with the LA theater scene? Goodness! The cast includes Henry Winkler, Sarah Goldberg, and Stephen Root. It’s great seeing Hader land a quality role after leaving SNL. He’s been win things here and there, lending his voice to animated films from tie to time, teaming up with Fred Armisen, and wonderfully playing the straight man in Trainwreck last year. But his talents belong front and center in something like this.
Barry will begin filming later this year.