This past December, Ian wrapped shooting in Pittsburgh on a new, yet-to-be titled comedy starring Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, The Longshot), Sarah Snook (Succession) and Maya Erskine (Pen15), written by Simon Rich (SNL, Man Seeking Woman).
The movie centers on the story of Herschel Greenbaum (played by Rogen), a Jewish immigrant who is accidentally preserved for 100 years in a vat of pickle brine, only to be discovered in 2020 Brooklyn. His one living descendant, Ben Greenbaum (ALSO played by Rogen) takes him in. Through a hilarious series of events, they learn that despite the difference 100 years can make, family is still the most important thing.
Ian was originally cast as Rogen's "acting double". Since he is acting across from himself for the majority of the film, Seth insisted he wanted a good actor to work across from, someone who was capable of keeping up, and of course, improvising with. That's where Ian came in. The amazing hair and makeup team transformed Ian into "Ben" when Seth was playing "Herschel" and vice versa.
Ian made such a good impression on Seth, Simon, and first-time director Brandon Trost, that they offered him a supporting role in the film as well, playing "Devon", one of Ben Greenbaum's communal workspace-mates, letting him improvise much of his dialogue.
"Untitled Pickle Comedy" should hit theaters sometime in late 2019 or early 2020. Stay tuned!