Aziz Ansari the Latest Addition to Rogen’s ‘Apocalypse’
Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari is the latest big name joining Seth Rogen’s The Apocalypse. Ansari will join Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson playing themselves at a party taking place at James Franco’s house when the Apocalypse strikes.
Here’s a quote from Ansari about The Apocalypse, taken from an interview with Grantland:
Aziz: I’m doing this thing in this movie, called The Apocalypse. It’s Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride — and all those guys.
Daniel: Is Judd Apatow directing it?
Aziz: No, Seth [Rogen] and Evan [Goldberg, Rogen's longtime writing partner] are directing it. And it’s basically all of us playing ourselves. Me, McBride, Jonah, Seth — everyone’s playing themselves, and the bit is James Franco’s having a party at his house, and the Apocalypse starts happening.
Daniel: Ha. I’ll see that. Sounds great.
Aziz: Yeah, that’s shooting in New Orleans.
Rogen will co-direct the film with his frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg, beginning this month in New Orleans. Sony Pictures currently has the film lined up as a summer tentpole for next year, opening on June 14th, 2013.
Ansari describes the long process from development to production:
I’m also developing a few movies. Developing movies is so slow, though. I do these interviews where I mention what I’m doing and people are like, “Oh — are you shooting that next week?” And I’m like, “No, man — movie stuff is super-slow. Bridesmaids took five years, Pineapple Express took, like, seven years …
Aziz Ansari’s most recent film role was last summer’s underwhelming 30 Minutes or Less with Jesse Eisenberg and Danny McBride. He previously appeared alongside Seth Rogen in Funny People and Observe and Report, in addition to a brief cameo with Jonah Hill in Get Him to the Greek.