Ricky Gervais will take the lead role in Media Rights Capital-financed comedy “This Side of the Truth” reports Variety.
“This Side of the Truth” is set in a contemporary world where no one has ever lied. Gervais will play a performer who tells the first lie and harnesses its power for personal gain.
“My character works in the film industry, where actors are really readers who tell completely factual stories. My character’s a loser who’s about to lose his job, and who’s lumbering through the 1300s. All he’s got to work with is the Black Death. But once he lies and pretends he’s found lost stories, he becomes the greatest storyteller in the world” says Gervais.
Gervais makes his feature directing debut on the film, co-helming the comedy with his co-writer Matt Robinson. Shooting begins this Spring.