James Marsden is James Marsden in Trailer for JURY DUTY Mockumentary TV Series
Broadway gods, hear our prayer! James Marsden, beloved for his turns in Hairspray, Dead to Me, Enchanted, etc., would like to tread the boards. In an interview earlier this year, the star confessed his love for singing and would love to do it with a live audience watching. Someone make this happen, please.
“Anytime I get an opportunity to sing, I just jump at it,” Marsden told Rolling Stone. “For years I’ve flirted with the idea of doing an actual Broadway show. Attaching yourself to eight shows a week is a full-on commitment, and you’ve got to move to New York obviously, and we weren’t prepared to do that. Now that my kids are getting older that’s something I want to explore. There’s always room for more movie musicals as well.”
While there is plenty to catch Marsden on screen in the coming months, one particular show caught our eye. In Jury Duty, coming to Amazon Freevee April 7, the star plays a version of himself as part of a courtroom mockumentary.
Full disclosure: The level of deception in Jury Duty is unhinged—and we mean that in a positive way. The filmmakers found a sweet, unsuspecting soul of a man, Ronald Gladden (a solar contractor from San Diego), who thinks he’s in a real court with other real people! Alas, they are not. Not even James Marsden is keeping it real. In fact, they are all actors, and they’re all in on the ruse.
Of the show, Marsden says: “What interested me was the challenge of creating a hero’s journey for someone who has no idea the world around him was completely manufactured and whether or not this high wire act could lead him to unite this family of wonderful weirdos and in the process become an inspiring leader for us all under the process of serving Jury Duty.”
No word yet on whether the star sings in Jury Duty, but we’ll hold out hope for now. Check out the trailer below.