Seth Rogen to play pickled man
Seth Rogen will play a pickle maker preserved for 100 years for his next Sony Pictures project.
The 36-year-old will collaborate with the studio on the movie, which would see him once again team up with cinematographer Brandon Trost - making his feature directing debut - on a screenplay by Simon Rich.
Based on Rich's own novella 'Sell Out' - which was serialized in the New Yorker - film will see Rogen playing struggling worker Herschel Greenbaum.
The character immigrates to the US in 1918 with a dream of a better life for his family, but he falls into a vat of pickles at his factory job and gets brined for 100 years.
He's perfectly preserved, and when he finds himself in modern-day Brooklyn, it appears he hasn't aged even a day.
However, his only surviving relative is his great-grandson Ben Greenbaum - a part Rogen will also play - who is a mild-mannered computer coder.
Production is set to start next month for the movie, which marks the actor's first collaboration with the studio since he co-directed R-rated animated comedy 'Sausage Party' two years ago.
Last month, he admitted he felt no guilt over the Sony hack in retaliation to his and James Franco's movie 'The Interview' - which was about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - as confidential emails and data was leaked to the public.
Speaking on Dax Shepard's podcast, 'Armchair Expert', Seth said: "I don't feel as bad about that as you would think. Because the head of Sony was explicitly warned about the likelihood of a hack in a meeting I was in, and they proceeded to do nothing about it ... I don't know if it was my fault."
Now, Rogen will produce the upcoming project, having held similar positions with Universal comedy 'Blockers' and Netflix's 'Like Father', which he also starred on.
He is keeping busy as of late, with upcoming roles in 'Flarsky', and as Pumba in Disney's highly anticipated live action remake of 'The Lion King'.