Patton Oswalt Joins Ben Stiller's THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY


Comedian Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille, Big Fan, Young Adult) is joining Ben Stiller's next directorial project, the fantasy-comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The film is a remake of a 1947 musical-- which was also based on a short story written by famed author James Thurber--starring Danny Kaye, with Stiller to play the title role. The film is being written by Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man).

The film tells the story of 

a henpecked husband (Stiller) copes with the frustrations of his dull life by imagining he is a fearless airplane pilot, a brilliant doctor, and more. [Kristen Wiig] would play a co-worker to Mitty and also an alternate version of that character in the fantasy sequences. Oswalt's part is said to be that of an eHarmony representative who helps create a profile for the Mitty character.

I find it a tad odd that Oswalt would sign on to play an eHarmony rep given his outspoken disdain for others' personal beliefs. I wouldn't call myself a huge fan of the guy, but I enjoyed him in The King of Queens and Ratatouille so I'm sure he will be just fine. What do you think? Do Ben Stiller and Patton Oswalt make a good comedic pair?

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