Paul Rudd will star in Netflix comedy Living with Yourself


About a month ago, it was reported that Paul Rudd was in talks to star in a new Netflix original series.

Well, the pieces have now fallen into place and Rudd is officially on board to star in the half-hour scripted comedy Living with Yourself. According to Deadline, Netflix has ordered eight episodes of the series.

The series was created and written by Emmy winner Timothy Greenberg (The Daily Show with Jon Steward, The Detour). The episodes will be directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris who are best known for directing the Oscar-nominated film Little Miss Sunshine. Greenberg, Dayton, Faris, and Rudd will also serve as executive producers along with others from Likely Story and Jax Media.

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Living with Yourself will see Rudd take on a dual role to explore the question of whether people really want to improve. Rudd’s character undergoes a novel treatment in an attempt to become a better person. But he finds he’s been replaced by a new, enhanced version of himself, leading to the realization that he is his own worst enemy.

The show almost went to series last year on IFC, but when it failed to move forward that left an opening for Netflix.

Living with Yourself is just one of the philosophically and psychologically driven shows Netflix has in the works. In particular, Netflix’s upcoming series Maniac starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill treads similar territory. That show is a dark comedy and it also will explore personal improvement and the inner workings of the mind.

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Of course, the perspective taken by each show will likely be quite different. Maniac appears to answer the question of whether we want to be better people with a “yes,” whereas Living with Yourself appears to be more skeptical.

While no other casting news for Living with Yourself was announced, Rudd will be a big draw for the series. With this summer’s Ant-Man and The Wasp he has another hit movie under his belt and he’s fun to watch in almost everything he does.

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