The Office’s Rainn Wilson participated in a San Diego Comic-Con panel this weekend for his movie ‘Super,’ written and directed by James Gunn and co-starring Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, and Nathan Fillion.
According to the official film website, “Super is a hyper-real and shockingly funny look at the extremely violent antics of a down-on-his luck man’s (Rainn Wilson) attempt to win his wife (Liv Tyler) back from a glamourous drug dealer (Kevin Bacon) by teaming up with a psychopathic teen (Ellen Page) and becoming costumed crime fighters.”
Rainn describes how he became involved with the movie (from Geeks of Doom):
Wilson shares a story about being on the set of The Office, where he plays Dwight and works with Jenna Fischer (Gunn’s ex-wife). Fischer was on the phone with Gunn while Wilson happened to be standing nearby, and when Gunn asked her what he should make next, she told him it should be Super because it’s “the best script you’ve ever written.” Not knowing any actors fitting the lead role, he asked her who could play it and of course she said “What about Rainn Wilson?” At this time Wilson apparently went back to his little cubicle where there was already an e-mail from Gunn with the script, which he got 27-pages into before calling the director and saying “I’m in. We have to make this movie. I have to play this character.”