Comic book winner and two-time Emmy winner Sarah Silverman was cast to star opposite Blair Underwood in Viral, an independent drama from York Films.
The film centers on Andrew of Underwood, who falls into paranoia after his wife goes missing. The only way out of the self-destructive cycle seems to be through his new girlfriend Emilia (Silverman), a victims lawyer and self-help blogger he meets in group therapy, who deals with his own demons from his past. The drama will explore if they are strong enough to overcome their own nightmares and mental illnesses to find true happiness together.
Joe McClean wrote the screenplay and produced alongside director Underwood, Daniel Cypress and John Kalafatis of York Films, Joanna Kalafatis and Andreas Ignatiou. The film was originally scheduled to be shot last year but has been postponed due to Covid. Production will now begin this summer in New York.
Silverman recently completed production of the feature Marry me, opposite Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. She won a SAG Award nomination for her dramatic role as Laney Brooks in I smile back and its Hulu 2017-18 series I love you, America won consecutive Emmy names for the Outstanding Variety Sketch series. She’s been doing a lot of voiceover work lately for people like Crank Yankers, Bob’s Burgers, the next Santa Inc. and functionality Ralph is breaking the internet.
“A true successful artist across all genres,” Underwood said. “Most people are familiar with Sarah Silverman’s brilliant comedic performances, but she’s also an incredibly raw and genuine dramatic actress. I was introduced to this dimension of his art in the film I smile back. Wait till you see her come in Viral. She’s going to be an absolute eye-opener.
Silverman is replaced by UTA, Thruline and Ziffren Brittenham.