Adam Scott is arguably one of the most interesting actors working today. His filmography varies from dramas like The Aviator to campy horror films like Piranha. So it’s no surprise that the versatile funnyman is lending his talents to Hot Tub Time Machine 2 as he’s now set for a lead role in the upcoming sequel.
The original Hot Tub Time Machine was a surprising success, grossing $50 million domestically on a $36 million budget. The story followed four friends (John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke) who stumble upon a magic hot tub that transports them back to the 1980s to relive an important night in their lives. Plot details for the sequel are currently unknown but we’ll keep you posted when we hear more.
Adam Scott will lead the sequel in place of John Cusack, who has opted not to return. Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke are all expected to reprise their roles and director Steve Pink will return to the director’s char.
Scott’s character will not be the same one as played by Cusack, and instead will be a newly-written addition to the story. The endlessly quotable original film has gained something of a cult status since its release in 2010, so the actor definitely has his work cut out for him.
Adam Scott is a very gifted comedic actor who has popped up in several well known comedies over the last couple of years. His turn as Derek in Step Brothers is one of cinema’s most hilarious jerks and my personal favorite film of his is The Vicious Kind, where he stars opposite the great J.K. Simmons and Brittany Snow. It’s a drama, not a comedy, but it’s definitely worth a watch if you haven’t seen it already. (Hint: It’s on Netflix Instant)
Scott is also a success on the small screen with his turn as Ben Wyatt on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which is easily the funniest comedy on television, in this writer’s opinion at least. Also worth mentioning is his run on the now-cancelled Starz comedy Party Down, which is one of the most original and entertaining comedies shows that we’ve seen in a long time. I would tell you to watch it, but judging by its fiercely loyal fan base, I can’t help but to assume you already have.
So, do you think Adam Scott has what it takes to make Hot Tub Time Machine 2 work? Can he fill the shoes of the great John Cusack? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.