CBC has resurrected its much heralded yet ignored "Being Erica" series, re-tooled to feature the exploits of hapless Harper agent, Erica Meekes. Starring as Meekes is Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp has been signed to play Justin Trudeau and Jeff Garlin, upon release from jail, has been cast as Stephen Harper.
In a brief press briefing, all stars were non-plussed by the naked corruption of the people they are playing. Depp expressed admiration for Trudeau and the way he handles his curls. Likewise, Garlin was enthused about the heavy diet he has been prescribed to play the porcine Canadian PM.
Bonus: in a cameo, Albert Brooks will portray gadfly Ezra Levant, "The character I played in 'Drive' helped prepare me to tackle such an unprincipled, loud and flatulent person as Levant." Brooks thanked Canadian man-about-town and co-star in the overlooked 'Drive,' Ryan Gosling, for the backstory on Levant, best known in Canada as the Koch-brother sponsored, wingnut-welfare recipient from Alberta.
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Directing the first episode will be David Cronenberg. Sitting silent and intense, when asked why he chose to direct on TV, he intoned, "because horror is scary in any medium, especially when it involves creepy politicians and sleazy assistants."
Attempting to lighten the mood, comic Patton Oswald (Jason Kenney) shouted "boo" in the silence following Cronenberg's remark. Nobody laughed.
The series debuts on your local CBC station during sweeps week this September.
UPDATE: NOTE: Updated cast here.
- Mia Wasikowska ... Erica Meekes
- Bradley Cooper ... Biff (Meekes boyfriend/girlfriend)
- Jeff Garlin ... Stephen Harper
- Rachael Harris ... Laureen Harper
- Jay Baruchel ... Andrew Scheer
- Melissa McCarthy ... Jenni Byrne
- Patton Oswalt ... Jason Kenney
- Jeffrey Jones ... Tom Flanagan
- Sarah Polley ... Candice Bergen
- Bob Odenkirk ... Peter MacKay
- k. d. lang ... Pierre Poilievre
- Bent Butt ... Rob Moore
- Johnny Depp ... Justin Trudeau
- Joaquin Phoenix ... Tom Mulcair
- Kevin Smith ... Rob Ford
- Holly Hunter .... Lori Martin
- Judi Dench ... Judy Baxter
- Paula Deen - Pamela Wallin
- Hound of Baskerville - John Baird
- John Goodman ... Mike Duffy
- Christopher Guest ... Nigel Wright (as Nigel Tufnel)
- Dennis Farina... Vic Toews
- Abigail Breslin ... The babysitter
- Rat 1 ... Maddy Stieve
- Rat 2 .... Stav Nitka
- Rat 3 ... Carl-Olivier Rouleau
- Rat 4 ... Grant Dingwall
- Rat 5 .... James Mitchell
- Rat 6 ... Nick Young
- Albert Brooks ... Ezra Levant (cameo)
- Vincent Kartheiser ... Brian Lilley (cameo)
- John Dunsworth ... Michael Coren (cameo)
- Jena Malone ... Kady O'Malley (cameo)
- Russell Brand ... Rona Ambrose (cameo)
- Christina Hendricks ... Christy Clark (cameo)
- Wooden Indian ... Andrew Coyne (cameo)
- Sarah Palin ... Shelly Glover (cameo
- Lindsay Lohan ... Eve Adams (cameo)
UPDATE II: First photo from the PMO Communications office set!