Since departing The Daily Show in 2015, Jon Stewart has mostly stayed out of the pop culture spotlight, barring a few appearances on friend Stephen Colbert‘s The Late Show. But that’s about to change, as the comedian and filmmaker is lining up his second directorial project: a political satire titled Irresistible.
Per Variety, Stewart is set to direct the film based on an original idea of his own, and he’s gotten friend and former Daily Show alumni Steve Carell on board to star. Plot details are currently under wraps and the film has yet to secure financing, but Brad Pitt‘s Plan B Entertainment will be producing.
This will be Stewart’s sophomore directorial effort, having previously helmed the 2014 film Rosewater, based on an ordeal involving real-life journalist Maziar Bahari, who was detained by Iranian forces and whose appearance on Stewart’s Daily Show was used as evidence against him as they tried to prove he was a spy.
Stewart took time off from his full-time gig to shoot the film, and it was unclear at the time if he intended to become a full-time filmmaker or if Rosewater was just a passion project he felt he needed to make. Post-Daily Show he did sign a deal with HBO to develop content such as a potentially ambitious animated series, but after years of development, the idea was scrapped.
With the HBO deal in the rearview mirror, it seems Stewart is, at least for now, wholly focused on directing. Rosewater was solid if a little forgettable, but there’s no denying that Stewart has always had an eye for tackling subjects from a fascinating angle. Whatever Irresistible is about, it’ll likely be an interesting project. We’ll wait for more details to emerge.