Captain Dad is looking for a new father figure, as Deadline has confirmed that star Will Ferrell has dropped out of his starring role in the indie comedy just days before shooting was set to begin. The move puts the production in an awkward place, as Captain Dad, which also stars Michael Cera and Catherine Keener, was shopped and sold at Cannes earlier this year specifically as a Ferrell vehicle.
There’s no word on why Ferrell dropped out of the film, which chronicles an increasingly disastrous family vacation sailboat trip through the Caribbean. But the pressure is on to find a suitable replacement, and sources tell Deadline that the filmmakers are talking with an unspecified actor now, but no deal is in place. Written and to be directed by Sebastián Silva, shooting was scheduled to kick off in and around Cartegena, Colombia, on September 26. It remains to be seen if the production will make that schedule.
UTA handling domestic rights to the film, with Protagonist Pictures selling it internationally.