For years -- heck, decades -- Hollywood has sought to reboot the venerated Fletch film franchise that starred Chevy Chase in what I maintain was his best role ever. He was perfectly cast as investigative reporter Irwin M. "Fletch" Fletcher. You'd swear author Gregory MacDonald wrote the books with Chase in mind.
Therein lies the primary reason why it has taken decades for this to happen. Who could play the role and do it as well as Chase?
But the names bandied about have included Ryan Reynolds (my personal favorite), Ben Affleck, Zach Braff, and Jason Sudeikis. All have their plusses and minuses, but none of them moved beyond the talk stage.
I haven't even really thought about it much in nearly a decade, as a result.
Until today, that is, when I saw news that Jon Hamm (Mad Men) has been cast as Fletch and that his Mad Men costar John Slattery has also joined the cast of Confess, Fletch, which was the second book written by MacDonald, but the sixth story chronologically. The movie will also star Marcia Gay Harden, Kyle MacLachlan, and Annie Mumolo.
Wha whaaaa??? This. Is. Awesome! I had never considered Hamm as Fletch and now I can't get it out of my head. He's not highly renowned for his comic turns but he has done them. And I've always loved his self-deprecating humor. He has a solid sense of who he is and what he can and cannot do and I think he'd actually be amazing in the role.
I really cannot wait!