Focus Features to Produce Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’

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Back in 2014, while still hosting “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart took a sabbatical in order to write and direct his first film. That was the drama “Rosewater,” which suggested a bright future behind the camera for Stewart. It took a few years, but he’s mounting his sophomore effort, this time with more of a satirical comedy angle to the project. It’s called “Irresistible” and already is tapped to star Steve Carell and Rose Byrne. Now, we know who will be producing and distributing the movie.

Variety is reporting that Focus Features has come on to give “Irresistible” a good home. This comes as Stewart, who is writing and directing, has added Chris Cooper to the cast. Not much is known about this one, aside from the fact that it’s a satire, but Focus clearly sees potential in it.

From the article:

Focus Features is partnering with Plan B Entertainment to produce and distribute Jon Stewart’s political comedy “Irresistible,” with Chris Cooper joining stars Steve Carell and Rose Byrne.

Variety first reported in October that Stewart and Carell had boarded the project, with Stewart directing and producing with Plan B. Stewart has kept a low profile since leaving “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in 2015.

“In the age of fake news, Jon Stewart continues to be the real deal. He’s been making us laugh at the bipartisan commitment to bending the truth for years, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with him and Plan B as Jon brings his signature wit to the big screen with the incredibly versatile talents of Steve, Rose, and Chris,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski.

Stewart is tailor-made to handle satire. “Rosewater” proved he had the ability to direct, so “Irresistible” is an exciting new chapter in his filmmaking career.

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