Although Will Ferrell is primarily known as a funnyman, he has experimented with more dramatic roles throughout his career, perhaps most prominently in 2006’s ‘Stranger Than Fiction.’ The actor may get the chance to show soon off his dramatic chops again in a new drama on HBO called ‘Succession.’
The show will star Ferrell as the high-powered head of a global media corporation, and will follow his character’s wealthy family. ‘Succession’ pairs Ferrell with Adam McKay, reuniting the team behind ‘Anchorman’ and ‘Step Brothers.’ McKay recently established his dramatic chops by directing last year’s Oscar-winning drama about the financial crisis, ‘The Big Short.’ McKay and Ferrell are both credited as executive producers on the show.
Despite the star power associated with the project, ‘Succession’ needs to beat out another show to secure the coveted Sunday night time slot on HBO. The competing drama, entitled ‘Mogadishu, Minnesota,’ follows a Somalian immigrant family living in the Twin Cities area. This show is also backed by serious Hollywood players, with Kathryn Bigelow attached as an executive producer. Bigelow is most well known for directing the war dramas ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘The Hurt Locker.’
The show’s pilot will be directed and written by K’naan Warsame, a Somali-Canadian rapper most famous for performing the song “Wavin’ Flag.” The pilot will be Warsame’s directorial debut; he is also credited as an executive producer on the project.