FOX is ready and willing to raise their glasses and drink to Justin Long. The network announced yesterday that the 'He's Just Not That Into You' star has landed the lead role in their upcoming comedy pilot 'Sober Companion.'
The overall premise of this single-camera project revolves around a charming but self-destructive attorney, who finds his world turned upside down when a court-appointed sober companion is put in control of his life. That's where Long comes in.
The actor will play said interloper, Jeremy — a perennially upbeat, maddeningly eccentric sober companion who uses unconventional methods to keep clients clean. Think of it like the movie 'Anger Management,' but with a drinking problem. (And, if that's the case, let's hope Long channels his very best Jack Nicholson impression.)
The pilot will be penned and executive-produced by David S. Rosenthal ('The Middle') and Jennie Snyder Urman ('90210'). As of now, no other roles have been cast, though that's likely to change very soon.
Long is no stranger to comedy, so it'll be nice to see that humor shine in the spotlight on the small screen. His previous TV credits include stints on 'Mom,' FOX’s 'New Girl' and 'Ed.'
Meanwhile, he's held several memorable roles on the big-screen in works such as 'Dodgeball' and 'Accepted,' among many others. He's also scheduled to make a cameo in the upcoming 'Veronica Mars' movie (out March 14) and just recenty completed shooting Kevin Smith’s upcoming feature film 'Tusk.'