The cast of Lee Kirk’s Geezer has added Fred Armisen (TV’s Portlandia), Judy Greer (Men, Women & Children), and Selma Blair (Hellboy II: The Golden Army), Variety reports. Geezer is described as a musical drama, and is the second feature length film for Lee Kirk, who directed 2012’s The Giant Mechanical Man. The new cast members will join Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, Dallas Roberts (Dallas Buyers Club), Chris Messina (Ruby Sparks), and Brian Baumgartner (TV’s The Office) in the upcoming film.
Shaping up to feature quite an eclectic, quirky cast, Geezer has collected its pool of talent from all areas, including television and music. The film will star Billie Joe Armstrong in the lead role, where he’ll play a husband and father in the midst of a mid-life crisis, who on his 40th birthday, throws a party in the presidential suite of Chicago’s Drake Hotel. There he encounters his old flame and former band members from his punk-rock days, all of whom have achieved considerable success in their lives. The film will include new songs by Armstrong.
For director Kirk, the project will see him pair up with familiar faces. The filmmaker has already used his television background – he directed an episode of NBC’s The Office – to collaborate with The Office’s Jenna Fischer in the aforementioned Giant Mechanical Man. In that film, the director also worked with Chris Messina, who played the male lead.
Kirk chose Armstrong because the director feels he brings authenticity to the role, being both a musician in his forties and a father. Armstrong also has been trying to establish a career outside of music as of late, having already starred in this year’s Like Sunday, Like Rain and having brought his band’s album, American Idiot, to Broadway where it won two Tony awards. Armstrong played to role of St. Jimmy in the musical.
The most recent additions of Greer, Armisen, and Blair give the film a bit of an elevated profile. All three have made careers out of playing eccentric supporting roles and – for Greer and Armisen – have recently garnered the spotlight in their own television shows, with Married and Portlandia, respectively.