Will Ferrell is making a movie about esports. ESPN says it “will have similarities with the role he had in Talladega Nights”.

His schtick, as exciting and unexpected as you may find this, will be that he’s an old dude playing in competitions where nobody else is over the age of 30, and esports powerhouses Evil Geniuses and Fnatic are both “in discussions to participate in the film”.


The trailer, which features a disoriented older man (video games! confetti! lights!) shouting at things he doesn’t understand then shrieking desperately—perhaps with John C. Reilly somewhere in the background—during a moment of comedic adversity is already playing in your mind.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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