Charlie Day to Write, Direct and Star in El Tonto

The comedy starts principal photography in Los Angeles next month

Armory Films and Metalwork Pictures have come on board to produce and finance Charlie Day’s (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pacific Rim Uprising) feature film directorial debut El Tonto. Day, who also wrote the script, is set to star.

The comedy, which starts principal photography in Los Angeles next month, follows an idiot mute (Day) who, after getting off a bus in Los Angeles, rises through the ranks to become a beloved Hollywood celebrity, only to lose it all.

Armory Films’ Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros (Mudbound, Arctic) and Metalwork Pictures’ Andrew Levitas (Farming, The White Crow) will produce alongside Wrigley Pictures’ John Rickard (Rampage, Horrible Bosses) and Page Fifty-Four Pictures’ Alex Saks (The Florida Project, Wildlife).

Armory Films and Metalwork Pictures will finance the feature. Endeavor Content will represent the worldwide distribution rights.

Armory Films’ Lemole and Zajaros said: “We’ve been looking to do something with Charlie for a while now. The script is hilarious, incredibly original and films like this just don’t get made anymore. We’re thrilled to get in on the ground floor of his directorial career, as we believe the skies the limit for him.”

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