The friendship between Jack Black and Tim Robbins goes back a long way— further back, even, than the JB and Kyle Gass partnership that blossomed into Tenacious D. One of Black’s first showbiz jobs was in 1989 when he worked on Robbins’ religious satire Carnage in Edinburgh.
And now the two will star alongside each other in The Brink, a dark comedy series for HBO. “Black plays Alex Coppins, a lowly Foreign Service officer reluctantly caught on the ground in the middle of it all, and Robbins plays Walter Hollander, the U.S. secretary of State who has big appetites and little patience for the warmongers in the Situation Room,” reports Variety.
The series pilot was directed by Jay Roach, known mostly for his work on blockbuster comedies like Meet the Parents, the Austin Powers franchise and most recently The Campaign, which starred Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. The Brink, it seems, would combine Roach’s growing interest in the political landscape; he also directed Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in HBO’s original movie Game Change, which went on to win three Golden Globes.
There’s no word on when The Brink will premiere on HBO. So for now, enjoy this famous daydream sequence from High Fidelity, which features Black and Robbins.