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Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs to Star in Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Don’t Think Twice’

The dramatic comedy follows the bitterness and backstabbing that occur in an improv group

Mike Birbiglia (“Sleepwalk With Me”) has started production on his new dramatic comedy “Don’t Think Twice,” in which he’ll star alongside Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”), Gillian Jacobs (“Community”), Kate Micucci (“Garfunkel and Oates”), Tami Sagher (“Inside Amy Schumer” writer) and Chris Gethard (“Broad City”).

Birbiglia is writing and directing the film, which will be financed by Cold Iron Pictures and The Film Arcade. Birbiglia is also producing with Cold Iron’s Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall, while Ira Glass is executive producing with the Film Arcade’s J. Beck and Andy Bohn. Production is under way in New York.

“Don’t Think Twice” follows an improv group who loses the lease on their home theater at the same time that one of their cast members gets chosen for the biggest sketch comedy show on TV. It’s about the bitterness and backstabbing that occur between friends when they realize that maybe not everyone’s gonna make it after all.

“I don’t wanna give away too much but I’m over the moon about filming this project with this cast, this crew, and these producers,” said Birbiglia. “Miranda Bailey and the team at Cold Iron and Film Arcade are such a creative and thoughtful bunch of folks. This is exactly what I want to be doing and I can’t wait for people to see it.”

“Mike’s first feature was so endearing – I couldn’t get it out of my mind — I knew I had to work with him on his next film. After several meetings & emails of me begging… he finally relented,” added Bailey. “‘Don’t Think Twice’ is a hilarious and moving script, with a terrific cast and I feel so lucky we get to work together. ”

In addition to his successful one-man shows, “Sleepwalk With Me” and “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” Birbiglia has acted in Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck” and Josh Boone’s “The Fault In Our Stars,” as well as   the acclaimed TV series “Girls” and “Orange is the New Black.”

UTA Independent Film Group negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with The Film Arcade, which was represented by attorney Greg S. Bernstein.

Birbiglia is repped by UTA, which also reps Key and Jacobs along with Principato-Young Entertainment and Authentic Talent, respectively. Micucci is repped by WME and Principato-Young Entertainment. Sagher is repped by UTA and Thruline. Gethard is repped by APA and AGI Entertainment Media & Management.