Will Forte is back as MacGruber, the Saturday Night Live character that served as a spoof of 1980s action series MacGyver.
As fans may remember, MacGruber had his own self-titled film back in 2010 (wait, almost 12 years ago?!), which was met with poor reviews and a disastrous box office (around $US9 million worldwide, from a budget of $US10 million). Still, a fanbase has remained and the character has had longevity. And now we have an eight-episode series on the way, co-written and executive produced by Forte.
Our 6-minute first look below comes in the form of a mini mockumentary, with an “In Depth Report” on MacGruber, who has been in prison since being given a life sentence following the death of his arch-enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (played by Val Kilmer in the movie), along with many others. The series will find America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot finally released after being in jail for over a decade. His mission: take down a mysterious villain from his past – Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth, played by Billy Zane. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber must reassemble his old team, Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) and Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe), in order to defeat the forces of evil.
Forte also serves as showrunner alongside fellow writers and executive producers John Solomon and Jorma Taccone, who both also will direct. SNL creator Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn, Andrew Singer, and Erin David also serve as executive producers.
MacGruber, also starring Sam Elliott, Laurence Fishburne, Joseph Lee Anderson, and Timothy V. Murphy, will premiere on Stan in Australia and Peacock in the U.S. on December 17th.