Above and below are the first official images from Universal's feature adaptation of the Saturday Night Live sketch MacGruber. The film was directed by MacGruber co-creator Jorma Taccone and features Will Forte and Kristen Wiig reprising their roles from the sketches, which parody the 1985 TV series Macgyver. Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer and Mya Rudolph also star.
Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In 2010, Will Forte brings Saturday Night Live’s clueless soldier of fortune to the big screen in the action comedy MacGruber. In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that’s been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer), MacGruber figures he’s the only one tough enough for the job. Assembling an elite team of experts–Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig)–MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox. His crime scenes may get messy. But if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber.
After SNL cast member Bill Hader leaked out that the action-comedy that he saw them shooting for the film was hard R, my faith in the people behind the film was assured. Written by Taccone, Forte and John Solomon, early buzz from test screenings of MacGruber get me even more excited for the film, calling it, "the best SNL film since Wayne’s World back in 1992." With most of the cast playing it as serious as any other action movie... the results are promising.
Check out the photos and let us know what you think!
MacGruber hits theaters April 23rd, 2010.
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