Since leaving “The Daily Show” in 2015, Jon Stewart has been in semi-retirement mode.
He’s still attached himself to worthy charitable causes, and he’ll occasionally pop up on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to give bits of political commentary — but he’s mainly stayed out of the public eye.
It sounds strange to say, but in a world of extreme leftists and anti-Trumpers like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, Stewart is actually a little missed. While the comedian never could be described as a conservative, he was at least open to talking to people on the other side of the political aisle. He was even open to attacking liberal politicians when they did something undeniably foolish.
You won’t find that same sort of middle ground with today’s committed anti-Trump comedians.
Stewart is reportedly now working on a new feature film, titled “Irresistible.” Variety says the movie is a political satire that the comedian will direct and is based on Stewart’s own story.
The top choice to star in the movie is Steve Carrell (“The Office,” “Vice“), who began his career as a correspondent for “The Daily Show” under Stewart.
Stewart actually does have a background in directing. He oversaw the 2014 feature film “Rosewater,” a project he had to take time off from “The Daily Show” to complete.
The film told the true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari (played in the movie by Gael Garcia Bernal), a man who was taken captive by Iranian forces and accused of being a spy.
While the film earned solid reviews, Stewart’s taking on a story tied to the war on terror wasn’t an easy sell for most people. It only earned $3.1 million domestically against a reported production budget of $5 to $10 million.
There are no more details about what Stewart’s “Irresistible” will be about, but considering its already established political nature, there is little doubt it will be tied to the current political climate in America and the Trump presidency.
Stewart, 55, is no fan of the president.
He appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” over the summer and asked Trump to end his “d***ishness.”
“Everything’s off its axis. It’s a little unusual. Apparently now Putin and Kim Jong-un are noble, intelligent role models, and Canada’s a bunch of giant a**holes … I just want to say if there’s one aspect to your presidency that we’re finding most difficult it’s that no matter what you do, it always comes with that extra layer of gleeful cruelty and d***ishness,” he said.
Stewart may not be a fan of the president, and his new film will likely be yet another leftist Hollywood hit job. But having his daily political commentary would certainly be an improvement over that of lazy comedians like Colbert and Kimmel.
Check out the trailer for Stewart’s last film, “Rosewater,” below: