Will Ferrell Sets Career First With New Netflix Comedy Series

Will Ferrell Sets Career First With New Netflix Comedy Series

Netflix and Will Ferrell are partnering up for a new comedy series for the streaming platform. It's also setting a first for the accomplished actor, as this will be hisfirst starring role in a scripted comedy series.

Per Netflix, the streamer has officially put in a10-episode series order for the Ferrell-led series Golf. The series will see Ferrell in the lead role as a fictional golf legend. Ferrell co-created the series with Ramy Youssef and Josh Rabinowitz, and Youssef is also set to be featured with a role in the show. Rabinowitz and Youssef will serve as showrunners, and they are executive producing alongside Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum, and Alix Taylor for Gloria Sanchez Productions; Rian Johnson, Ram Bergman, and Nena Rodrigue for T-Street; and Andy Campagna for Cairo Cowboy.

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Ferrell rose to fame with his comedy work on the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. From there, he branched out into a very successful film career, starring in a slew of popular comedies like Elf, Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, and many more. More recently, he was featured in a key role as the head of Mattel in the hit film Barbie. While Golf marks his first starring role in a scripted comedy series, Ferrell has appeared in many other TV shows, including The Office, 30 Rock, Drunk History, The Last Man on Earth, Stupid Pet Tricks, and The Shrink Next Door. Earlier this month, he made an appearance as his Anchorman character in the Netflix special The Roast of Tom Brady.

Another Golf-Focused Comedy Is in the Works at Netflix

This news comes at a time when it's been revealed that another comedy focused on golf is moving forward at Netflix. Adam Sandler is set to return for a sequel to Happy Gilmore, the 1990s comedy that starred Ferrell's fellow SNL alum as a temperamental but highly skilled golf star. Sandler's co-star Christopher McDonald had previously teased that a sequel was in development.

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As McDonald said during an interview on Audacy's 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, Ohio, in March, "I saw Adam [Sandler] about two weeks ago, and he says, 'Hey, McDonald, you're going to love this.' I said, 'What?' [He says] 'How about that?' And he shows me the first draft ofHappy Gilmore 2."

Golf doesn't yet have a release date set at Netflix, nor does the upcoming sequel to Happy Gilmore that was just confirmed.

Source: Netflix

Happy Gilmore (1996)

Happy Gilmore, a hot-headed hockey player with a powerful slap shot, dreams of joining the NHL. Unfortunately, his temper and lack of skating skills constantly hold him back. After losing his grandmother's house to the IRS, Happy discovers a hidden talent for golf. With his unique swing that sends the ball flying incredible distances, he enters the pro circuit to win enough money to save her home. His unconventional and often outrageous behavior clash with the established golfers, but his undeniable talent attracts attention and sponsorship. As he moves up the ranks, Happy must confront his anger issues and learn the true meaning of sportsmanship to achieve his goal and win the girl of his dreams.

DirectorAdam Sandler
Release DateFebruary 16, 1996
StudioUniversal Pictures
CastFrances Bay, Bob Barker, Christopher McDonald, Adam Sandler, Richard Kiel, Julie Bowen, Dennis Dugan, Carl Weathers
WritersTim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
RatingPG-13
Runtime1h:32min
Main GenreComedy
GenresSports
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