It’s been a while since Ben Stiller played a lead role in a major Hollywood movie, but he’s finally ready to step back in front of the camera! The beloved comedy actor will play the lead role in David Gordon Green’s upcoming film Nutcrackers.
Written by Leland Douglas, Nutcrackers will center on a work-obsessed Mike, who reluctantly travels to rural Ohio to look after his four rambunctious nephews after their parents die in a car accident. His three-day trip quickly turns into weeks of farm-life mayhem, and Mike quickly comes to realize he doesn’t need to find a home for his nephews because they’ve found one for him.
Stiller dedicated himself to his work behind the camera in recent years, and we haven’t seen him play a lead role since 2017 when he starred in Mike White’s Brad’s Status and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories. He currently serves as director and executive producer of Apple TV+’s Severance, which received 14 Emmy nominations for its first season.
In addition to playing the lead role in Nutcrackers, Stiller will also produce it through his Red Hour Films banner, alongside his partner John Lesher, Rivulet’s Rob Paris and Mike Witherill, and Rough House’s Nate Meyer.