Sarah Silverman has entered negotiations for A Million Ways to Die in the West, Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming comedy-western, according to a late Monday report from The Hollywood Reporter.
If she makes it official — and it’s expected she will — Silverman would play a Bible-thumping town prostitute, who’s up for pretty much anything in the sack as long as it doesn’t involve her fiance (Giovanni Ribisi).
(The marriage bed must be kept pure.)
The rest of the film will tell the story of a cowardly sheep farmer (MacFarlane), who loses his fiance after a public humiliation and then learns how to be tough thanks to a gun-slinging Pistol Annie (Charlize Theron).
When his new lady friend’s outlaw husband (Liam Neeson) comes to town to take back his woman, the coward must find his courage.
Shooting is expected to start in the spring, noted Yahoo!. Since MacFarlane’s Ted grossed more than $545 million at the box office, studios have wanted him back on the big screen as soon as possible. If the shooting schedule holds, this latest casting decision will have to play out soon.
Sarah Silverman and religion have proven a potent cocktail in recent history, so it’s no surprise that she would take a part like this.
In October 2012, she was the target of a letter from Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt, who speculated that “marriage and childrearing are not in the cards for you because you can’t focus on building life when you spend your days and nights tearing it down.”
The letter was in response to Silverman’s anti-religious views and specifically to her vow that she would not marry until gay marriage was legal.
In A Million Ways to Die in the West, Silverman would be taking aim at the other big religion courtesy of MacFarlane’s script.
(But you’ve got to think it’s a role to which she has no moral objections, given her bawdy brand of comedy.)
Whether Silverman ultimately agrees to the part, you can catch her at the newly formed JASH Comedy Network, a joint venture between Google and YouTube that was announced at SXSW 2013.
Are you excited about Sarah Silverman joining the cast of A Million Ways to Die in the West? Will this film be a theater-pick or a rental?