Peacock lays up in the role of MacGruber, the eight-episode action comedy series based on Will Forte’s recurring MacGyver parody sketch on Saturday Night Live and its 2010 cult film.
Sam Elliott, Laurence Fishburne and Mickey Rourke have joined the series from Universal Television, along with Forte, Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe, who repeat their roles as MacGruber, Vicki St. Elmo and Dixon Piper. (Forte and Wiig starred in SNL sketches and the film; Phillippe in the movie.)
In the series, co-written / executive produced by Forte, after rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and uberpatriot MacGruber (Forte) is finally released. His mission: to break down a mysterious villain from his past – Brigadier General Enos Queeth (Rourke). With the whole world at a crossroads, MacGruber must assemble his old team, Vicki St. Elmo (Wiig) and Dixon Piper (Phillippe) to defeat the forces of evil.
Elliott plays Perry. MacGruber rock has always been his father, Perry. Although they have been apart for years, MacGruber needs his father’s sage guidance if he hopes to succeed.
Fishburne is General Barrett Fasoose, a heavily decorated soldier who commands respect for the entire U.S. military. In addition to his illustrious career, he is currently married to MacGruber’s ex-wife, Vicki St. Elmo.
Rourke’s Brigadier General Enos Queeth is one of MacGruber’s deadly enemies. Long thought death, he has come back to carry out a heinous plot to destroy the world and in the process take revenge on MacGruber.
Forte works as a writer and executive producer alongside John Solomon and Jorma Taccone, who will also both direct. Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn, Andrew Singer and Erin David also act as executive producers. MacGruber is from Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group and Broadway Video.
Wiig is sent by CAA and Jackoway Austen. Phillippe is hosted by Gersh and MGMT Entertainment. Elliott is rehearsed by Gersh and Berwick & Kovacik. Fishburne is collected by CAA, Landmark Artists Management and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano. Rourke is rejected by Framework Entertainment and APA.