Rob Lowe is starring in “Super Troopers 2,” which has begun production.
Lowe will play Guy Le Franc, a former hockey player and the current mayor of a Canadian town near Quebec.
Jay Chandrasekhar is directing the comedy sequel, as he did on the original. Filmmaking team Broken Lizard raised $4.4 million in a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo last year that saw more than 50,000 contributors. Donation incentives on the first day included a producer title for $10,000, a speaking actor role for $10,000, a trip to the ballpark with the main actors for $15,000, and the patrol car to be used in the filming for $35,000.
“Super Troopers 2” met the initial goal of $2 million (set by Fox Searchlight) in 26 hours.
“Super Troopers 2” reunites all five Troopers from the original film — Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. The quintet play goofy Vermont state troopers with a penchant for pranks and feuding with other local law enforcement officers.
The comedy troupe began shooting last October.
The original “Super Troopers” was made for $1.2 million and acquired by Fox Searchlight at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. It grossed $23 million worldwide.
Lowe was roasted on Aug. 27 on Comedy Cental. He’s joined the cast of CBS drama series “Code Black” and will soon be seen in Pantelion Films’ “How to Be a Latin Lover.” He also starred on the now-cancelled Fox comedy “The Grinder.”
Lowe is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and O’Melveny & Myers. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood and was confirmed by Broken Lizard on Twitter.