EXCLUSIVE: Ben Schwartz has joined Sam Rockwell in Blue Iguana, a comedy feature from writer-director Hadi Hajaig, who last helmed the Charlotte Rampling-Sean Bean thriller Cleanskin. The project, which will be financed by UK Film Studio Productions, will start principal photography in London in July. Hajaig also produces with 3 Arts Entertainment’s Tom Lassally, who is also working on the Edge of Tomorrow sequel at Warner Bros.
An offbeat story about lying, stealing and shooting, Blue Iguana is described as a black comedy about two outcasts who fall in love in the strangest of circumstances.
Schwartz, a multi-hyphenate and Emmy Award-winner, recently sold an untitled comedy to Good Universe with Adam McKay directing and Schwartz and Seth Rogen set to star. He also has written two features for Imagine Entertainment and Universal and was hired by Paramount to re-make the 1991 classic comedy Soapdish with producers Rob Reiner and Alan Greisman.
Past credits include Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shawn Levy’s This is Where I Leave You with Jason Bateman and Tina Fey and Dreamworks Animation’s Turbo. Schwartz also currently stars in Showtime’s House of Lies opposite Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell and had a recurring role on Parks and Recreation for NBC.
Schwartz has also co-authored three books through Harper Collins, Grandma’s Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals, Why is Daddy in a Dress? Asking Awkward Questions with Baby Animals and Maybe Your Leg Will Grow Back! Looking on the Bright Side with Baby Animals.
Schwartz is repped by WME, Haven Entertainment and Lev Ginsburg.