James Marsden has signed on for an interesting project at Amazon Freevee. According to Deadline, it’s a docu-style comedy series set around a jury trial that mixes a ton of genres.
There’s a lot of secrecy around the project, likely because of the show’s format, which is semi-improvised and mixes actors with unsuspecting participants. The series is said to follow a similar format to Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Borat and Who Is America? The recent Borat sequel was shot and produced almost entirely in secret, and this show looks to have followed a similar path.
From what we know, the show will follow Marsden and a group of actors with improv skills as they perform skits around and including unsuspecting civilians who believe that they have been summoned for jury duty. The series was filmed in a real courtroom in south Los Angeles, with additional shooting scheduled around Marsden’s Westworld schedule.
Obviously we don’t know all the details yet, but the show sounds pretty fascinating. Baron Cohen’s work makes sense as a comparison, but it also sounds a little like Nathan Fielder‘s Nathan For You and recent HBO series The Rehearsal.
The currently untitled project is reportedly in post-production right now, so it might not be too long until we see it. No further details are available at the moment though.
Marsden currently stars in Westworld and was last seen on film in Sonic The Hedgehog 2. He’ll next be seen in belated Disney Enchanted sequel Disenchanted, and is currently shooting Unfrosted: The Pop Tart Story, Jerry Seinfeld‘s directorial debut.