A lot of comedy actors are pretty dispensible, even if they are highly paid, but there was nobody better suited than Jason Lee to play Earl Hickey in My Name is Earl, at least when he dons the moustache. With the cancellation of the series, Lee is working on several new projects, including Get Back, his directorial debut. THR says that it “tells the story of two music-obsessed friends who time travel back to 1966 London, where one gets caught in a love triangle with John Lennon and Yoko Ono”. That should be ripe for comedic material, but is it still relevant?
Lee is quite the busy man. While Alvin and the Chipmunks will soon be released, he has also finished shooting Kevin Smith’s A Couple of Dicks and George Gallo’s Columbus Circle. In the planning stages are an adult swim live-action comedy show and Delta Blues, a TNT show produced by the ever ubiquitous George Clooney: it’s apparently about a Memphis cop who lives with his mother and moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. Jason Lee is great at playing that oddball character who seems just on the fringe of society, so he should fit right in with that synopsis.