Still eager to work with old friends, past collaborators, and public masturbators alike, Christopher Guest has reportedly arranged Fred Willard, Michael McKean, and Ed Begley Jr. for recurring roles for his upcoming HBO mockumentary series, Family Tree.
As previously reported, the Guest and Jim Piddock-created series will focus on a character named Tom Chadwick (played by Chris O'Dowd) as he travels the country "exploring his family heritage after inheriting a mysterious box from a great aunt he never met." McKean will be playing Tom's father, Keith, while Begley will play Uncle Andy and Willard will grin and shout from next door as the uncle's neighbor. Don Lake (the oft-chipper bald guy who is also in all of Christopher Guest's projects) has signed on for a guest spot as Tom's cousin. Basically, you can expect the show's remaining casting to dribble out just as soon as Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, and John Michael Higgins have been suitably matched with generic names and blood relations. But would you want it any other way?