Seth MacFarlane’s follow up comedy to Ted is a Western called A Million Ways to Die in the West. Written and directed by MacFarlane, the film has already cast up with Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried playing roles, and MacFarlane himself will be playing the lead.
Now, Deadline is reporting that Giovanni Ribisi, last seen in MacFarlane’s Ted as the strange, hip-wriggling Ted kidnapper Donny, has joined A Million Ways to Die in the West. Ribisi will play MacFarlane’s character’s best friend Edward, a simple shoe repairman who bears up with a girlfriend who won’t have sex with him, but as a working prostitute she’s doing it with everybody else. He tried to get his buddy Albert (MacFarlane) back into the dating scene.
There are also reports that Liam Neeson is in talks to bring his particular set of skills to the comedy. Neeson is set to play a revenge seeking outlaw who crosses paths with MacFarlane’s Albert. This means that we could see MacFarlane face the wrath of Neeson’s fists, the same fists that have punched people in the face all over the world over the past few years.
A Million Ways To Die in the West stars MacFarlane (who will also direct) as a cowardly sheep farmer who chickens out of a gunfight, an act of unmanliness that causes his ladylove (Amanda Seyfried) to ride into the sunset without him. He embarks on a quest to find his courage under the tutelage of a mysterious stranger (Charlize Theron) — and soon has a chance to test that courage when her revenge-seeking outlaw husband (Neeson) rides into town. Albert is joined on his journey by his best friend and shoe repairman Edward (Ribisi).
MacFarlane wrote the script with Ted and Family Guy cohorts Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and Scott Stuber and Jason Clark are producing. They were producers on Ted with MacFarlane and John Jacobs.