Steve Coogan is to take the lead in revamped Showtime series Happyish, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The series was initially piloted last year, with the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead role, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator John Cameron Mitchell directing the first episode.
It featured Hoffman – who also acted as executive producer – as a fortysomething going through a mid-life crisis working for new bosses half his age, with Rhys Ifans as his co-star.
Granted a full series commission, the show was put on indefinite hold following Hoffman’s tragic death in February, with Showtime yet to confirm if they will ever release Hoffman’s completed episode.
The series creator Shalom Auslander, told The Hollywood Reporter: “Steve’s range is astounding — he is a comedy legend, a gifted satirist, and he possesses the unique combination of talents this role demands.”
As big fans of Hoffman’s work here at TVO, we can only say they’ve picked a fine man to step into his shoes, and we offer Steve all our support, as always. Happyish will presumably air in 2015, and we’ll be watching!