Ben Stiller is set to play triplet brothers Bobby Shafran, David Kellman, and Eddy Galland in a limited series adaptation of Tim Wardle‘s incredible 2018 documentary Three Identical Strangers.
The project is in the works at Sony Pictures Television, TriStar Television, and SK Global, and it hails from writer Amy Lippman (Party of Five), who would serve as showrunner and executive producer of the series, which is sure to create a bidding war among streamers.
Stiller would executive produce under his Red Hour Films banner alongside Sidney Kimmel, John Penotti, Charlie Corwin, and Marcy Ross of SK Global; Piers Vellacott, Dimitri Doganis, and Tim Wardle of RAW; and Emmeline Yang Hankins. Submarine’s Dan Braun and Josh Braun would serve as co-executive producers along with Mark O’Connor of SK Global.
Three Identical Strangers follows three brothers who were separated at birth only to be reunited during their college years, after which they became minor celebrities. Stiller would play all three triplets as adults. That makes the series especially notable, as Stiller hasn’t taken a lead role in anything since Noah Baumbach‘s 2017 film The Meyerowitz Stories. Instead, he has been focused on directing and producing acclaimed TV series such as Severance for Apple TV+ and Escape at Dannemora for Showtime.
Stiller, who played twin brothers in The Cable Guy, is represented by UTA, while Lippman is repped by WME.