Seth Rogen’s upcoming comedy The Apocalypse (which is set to be retitled to something else), finally goes into production soon after months of planning. Originally adapted from a short film made by Rogen and acting pal Jay Baruchel, the film is set ro reunite both actors with some famous friends. Now, it seems one more friend is ready to join the party, as Aziz Ansari has been cast in the disaster-laugher.
In an interview with Grantland (via Slashfilm), Ansari himself revealed he’ll be playing a fictionalized version of himself. It’s unclear if he’ll be a part of the main premise, which has Rogen, Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride all at a party at James Franco’s house when the titular end of all begins, but it seems possible.
The film, which will enter production later this month in Los Angeles under Sony Pictures, was written and directed by Rogen and frequent co-scribe/producer Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express), and will be Rogen’s first time behind the camera helming everything. There’s said to be room for superstar cameos in the film, but it’s unclear just who else will be making it into the comedy.
Ansari is perhaps most famous for his current work on Parks & Recreation, while also branching out to past films such as Funny People, Observe & Report, Get Him to the Greek, and most recently 30 Minutes or Less. The actor started turning heads in one of his earliest projects on MTV with the sketch comedy series Human Giant, but it was really the faux-doc comedy on NBC, along with his stand-up special on Comedy Central, that’s truly propelled him to well-known status.
The Apocalypse recently had it’s release date set for June 14th, 2013.