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Netflix's newest original film pairs Christopher Guest and professional mascots

Netflix's newest original film pairs Christopher Guest and professional mascots


'Drama, intrigue, and occasional excitement' at the mascot world championships

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Netflix's newest original full-length film is an exclusive feature from the comedy world's master of mockumentaries. Christopher Guest is bringing Mascots, his first feature-length directorial effort since 2006's For Your Consideration, to the streaming service in 2016. Guest is the brain behind cult comedy classics like This Is Spinal Tap and Waiting for Guffman, sharp pieces of satire that are loose, familial, and largely improvised. The streaming service announced the movie by releasing a poster this morning, the highlight of which is the movie's premise:

Welcome to all the drama, intrigue, and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of 'unusual' men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned best mascot in the world.

It's safe to assume that a few of Guest's recurring cast members — actors like Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Fred Willard — will pop up in Mascots, but no casting details or specific dates have been provided yet. The movie is the latest piece of Netflix's ambitious move into feature films, an attempt to build on the strength of its existing episodic original programming. The company has signed multi-film deals with Adam Sandler and the Duplass brothers, and it's also releasing prestige pictures like Cary Fukunaga's upcoming Beasts of No Nation and Brad Pitt's War Machine. Mascots is still mostly a mystery, but it'll surely inject some levity into Netflix's cinematic lineup.