Neil Patrick Harris to Return for Next "Harold & Kumar" Film; Second "Glee" Appearance Unlikely

News   Neil Patrick Harris to Return for Next "Harold & Kumar" Film; Second "Glee" Appearance Unlikely
Stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris will play himself, again, in "A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas," the latest film in the "Harold and Kumar" stoner comedy series, according to the New York Daily News.

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris

The film is scheduled for release in 2011. Harris has played a satirical, alcohol, drugs and prostitutes-loving version of himself in the first two films of the series, "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004) and "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" (2008).

The New York daily also reports that Harris is unlikely to reprise his role of glee club-hating school board member Bryan Ryan on the hit Fox series "Glee." Harris played the role in a well-received guest appearance this spring, but is likely going to stick to his regular role as womanizing attorney Barney Stinson on the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" and not jump networks again for a reprise appearance.

Harris told, "The networks like to keep actors … on their network."

"A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas" will again star John Cho and Kal Penn as the title characters, who get into comically crazy, marijuana-addled sets of adventures. The film will be directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson from a screenplay by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.

Harris' stage credits include Assassins, Cabaret and Proof on Broadway; Rent and All My Sons in Los Angeles; the Reprise!, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony concert versions of Sweeney Todd; and tick, tick … BOOM! in London. He will direct the upcoming Hollywood Bowl concert version of Rent and appear (in voice) in the upcoming screen version of "The Smurfs." He hosted the 64th Annual Tony Awards.

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