Bo Burnham will follow his Eighth Grade success with a comedy starring Jaboukie Young-White and Danielle Macdonald. The two actors are in negotiations to appear in the film, which Burnham will produce alongside Chris Storer. Burnham wrote the film and Amy York Rubin will direct.
Originally titled Gay Kid and Fat Chick, the comedy-drama will revolve around two costumed vigilante outcasts (The Beaver and Gold Bitch) who seek revenge on high school bullies. Paramount Players acquired the script in 2013 when the film made the Black List—a list of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. The project is currently untitled as it decides on a more =ahem= palatable name.
Burnham is coming off his debut film’s critical success. He remarkably won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding First-Time Feature. Eighth Grade was the only film this year to win an award from both of the prestigious entities—and it’s not even nominated for an Oscar.
Jaboukie Young-White, Danielle Macdonald to lead Gay and Fat comedy
Young-White is presumably the “gay kid” in the upcoming film. The 24-year-old Chicago native is the newest member of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. The stand-up comedian has shown his acting chops on HBO’s Crashing season premiere—the episode is even named after him. Young-White also appeared in Set It Up and Rough Night, also starring Burnham.
That leaves Macdonald as the “fat chick.” She is the break-out star of Patti Cake$, about a down-and-out aspiring rapper. The Australian actor also recently appeared in two Netflix originals: Bird Box with Sandra Bullock and Dumplin’ with Jennifer Aniston.