Demetri Martin Set To Play Lead In Taking Woodstock

Not too long ago we posted about Taking Woodstock; today it has been announced that comedian Demetri Martin has been tapped to play the lead. We get the following scoop from the professionals at Variety:

Comedian Demetri Martin is in negotiations for the starring role in Ang Lee’s next project, “Taking Woodstock,” for Focus Features. Martin is best known for his “Trendspotting” segment on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”

Martin will star as Tiber, an in-the-closet gay man working at his parents’ motel in the Catskills, who inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. Focus is eyeing a late August start date. Martin’s upcoming films include Fox Atomic’s “The Rocker” and Universal’s “Kids in America.” He also wrote and is attached to star in DreamWorks’ “Will,” which Jon Stewart is exec producing.

I wasn’t familiar with the comedy stylings of Demetri Martin, so I checked out some You Tube videos and enjoyed his sets. His joke about the difference between loving kids in general/specific is solid gold. The lead in an Ang Lee film is certainly an amazing accomplishment, and with luck the good times will continue to roll for Mr. Martin.

I have said before that I think a “behind the scenes” look at the planning of Woodstock is a cool idea, and I look forward to seeing this film. We will continue to bring you further casting developments and share all news about the project, as it trickles down stream.

5 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Rodney

    This guy is ridiculously funny.

    “The difference between swimming and drowning is wardrobe.

    Bathing suit? Cool.
    Pants? Uh oh.”

  2. Freddy J

    Wooo! More spotlight for my favorite comedian!

    “This summer at a pool party I found out the difference between peeing in the pool and peeing into the pool. Location, location, location.”

    “I think they named Oranges before they named Carrots.”
    “What do we name these?”
    “It’s orange, how about Oranges?”
    “OK, how about these then?”

    His comedy styling reminds me so much of the late, great Mitch Hedburg.

  3. Ryan

    “Wages of Fear,” “Convoy,” Smokey and the Bandit” and “Duel”

    Remember these great flicks? What are they? Road movies, of course, but more importantly, they are trucking films. Here is a genre nearly forgotten that Navistar, which builds legendary International trucks, hopes to single-handedly revive.

    The company that just launched a revolution in long haul trucking by building the mold-shattering LoneStar Class 8 tractor is now launching another first - a student film competition that will ask aspiring auteurs and cineastes to celebrate the lives and labors of long-distance truck drivers in a short film format.

    You could be the next Spielberg, Sam Peckinpah or even Henri-Georges Clouzot.

    On May 1, 2008, Navistar is sending out a call for entries to approximately 50 universities and film schools around the country asking ambitious filmmakers to hit the road and produce short films or videos that honor the American trucker. These mavericks will then submit their final product in a competition to win film school tuition or top-notch camera equipment.

    Academy award nominated producer/director Brett Morgan (Chicago 10, The Kids Stays in the Pictures) will chair a jury of filmmakers who will judge all submissions. First, second and third prize winners will premiere their films at The Great American Trucking show in Dallas, Texas, on August 22, 2008, and will be featured as streaming content on The films will also be included as bonus material on a DVD with “Stand Alone,” Brett Morgen’s upcoming Navistar-funded documentary about truckers.

    It’s time for filmmakers to release the jake-brake, hammer down, and make cinema that really matters, films about real life on the road. Put it this way: if America’s drivers decided to stop working, the entire country would shut down. We depend on truckers to deliver everything we own and consume. Truckers are that important. They are true American heroes.

    Merle Haggard sang it this way: “The whiteline is a lifeline for the nation… It takes a special breed to be a truck drivin’ man, And a steady hand to pull that load behind.”

  4. OMG

    this guy is my secound favorite comedian (kyle cease is my first)

    id watch any movie with this guy in it everyday.

  5. JOSH

    Totally love this guy.

    Such… “creativity”.

    “Drawing mountains over time.” =]

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