Can Amy Schumer Get Serious for ‘Thank You for Your Service’?
Amy Schumer is getting serious for her next project. The comedian and actress, who has quickly become one of the most in-demand names in Hollywood, has just signed on to star in the PTSD film drama Thank You for Your Service, based on David Finkel’s 2013 book of the same name.
Thank You for Your Service will chronicle the story of a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life. Once back home, living with the memory of a war threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.
Details on the character that Schumer will play haven’t been revealed, but she joins a star-studded ensemble cast that also includes Miles Teller (Whiplash), Haley Bennett (The Girl On The Train), and Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders). Scott Haze (Child of God), Keisha Castle-Hughes, Omar Dorsey (Selma), and Jayson Warner Smith (recent Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation) will also co-star.
According to Deadline, Jason Hall is set to adapt the script and will also makes his directorial debut with the project. Hall has experience writing about the toll of PTSD on war vets, having previously delved into the topic in the Oscar-nominated script for American Sniper. Foxcatcher’s Jon Kilik is set to produce while Love & Mercy‘s Ann Ruark will serve as an executive producer.
For Schumer, the project comes as the actress is coming off a banner year. In addition to earning critical acclaim for her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer (which is renewed through Season 5), she also co-wrote and starred in last year’s hit rom-com, Trainwreck. Now, it seems she’s ready to show off a more serious side.
From the sounds of it, Thank You for Your Service will be a stark departure from the comedic fare that audiences are used to seeing Schumer in. While Trainwreck had its solemn moments here and there, it was first and foremost a comedy. This latest project is much more of a straightforward drama and will also mark Schumer’s most serious role to date.
While it will certainly be an interesting change of pace to see Schumer take on a more dramatic character, fans of her work to date shouldn’t be concerned. The actress isn’t giving up on comedy yet. In fact, far from it. Aside from working on the upcoming season of Inside Amy Schumer, Schumer has multiple other major feature films currently in the works. She wrote and is set to star in untitled mother-daughter action comedy for Fox, which will reportedly co-star Goldie Hawn and is due to hit theaters sometime in 2017.
Also on Schumer’s jam-packed list of upcoming projects? A sister comedy that she co-wrote and will star in with Jennifer Lawrence, although that project is reportedly still in development and does not have a scheduled release date yet.
Per Deadline, Thank You for Your Service has only just kicked off production in Atlanta. No exact premiere date has been scheduled yet.