NBC Pilot "1600 Penn," Featuring Josh Gad, Given the Green Light; Mormon Star Also in Talks for "The Game" Film

News   NBC Pilot "1600 Penn," Featuring Josh Gad, Given the Green Light; Mormon Star Also in Talks for "The Game" Film Tony Award nominee Josh Gad will co-write, executive produce and star in the upcoming NBC pilot "1600 Penn," a White House family comedy, according to Deadline.com.

Josh Gad
Josh Gad

"1600 Penn" is co-created by Gad, "Modern Family" director Jason Winer and Jon Lovett, former speechwriter to President Barack Obama. The pilot was given the green light by NBC after Gad recently signed on to star.

Directed by Winer, the Mormon Tony nominee will play the out-of-control oldest son of a dysfunctional family who resides in the White House. Winer and Lovett are executive producers alongside Gad.

Additionally, Gad is in negotiations to star opposite James Franco in Brian Koppelman and David Levien's "The Game," an upcoming film based on the Neil Strauss novel of the same name. The performer would play Strauss, a Rolling Stone journalist who is a great writer but is not great at picking up women. 

Gad currently stars as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, a role that earned him a 2011 Tony Award nomination. He has also been seen on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and is known for his television work, which includes "The Daily Show" and "Back to You," among others.

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