Father Figures (known as Who's Your Daddy? in the United Kingdom)[2] is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Lawrence Sher (in his directorial debut) and written by Justin Malen. The film stars Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J. K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Harry Shearer, June Squibb, Christopher Walken, and Glenn Close, and follows two adult brothers who set out to find out who their true biological father is.

Principal photography began on October 5, 2015, in Atlanta. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 22, 2017, by Warner Bros. Pictures.


Kyle and Peter Reynolds (Owen Wilson and Ed Helms) are two fraternal twin brothers who have learned that their father did not die when they were young as they had previously believed, and that their eccentric mother, Helen Baxter (Glenn Close) had slept with many rich, famous and powerful men in the 1970's. They go on a road trip across America to find out who their real father is after their mother's wedding, finding out more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know in the process of finding their father.



On June 14, 2011, it was announced that Paramount Pictures had acquired the rights to the comedy spec script Bastards written by Justin Malen. The story is about two brothers who learn their father did not die when they were young.[10] The Montecito Picture Company will produce the film.[10] On August 7, 2014, Alcon Entertainment came on board to produce and finance the film for Warner Bros. after Paramount left the project and the script went into turnaround, while cinematographer Lawrence Sher was attached to make his directorial debut.[11] Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock, and Ali Bell would produce the film through Montecito.[11] Jason Sudeikis was originally attatched to star. On July 15, 2015, Owen Wilson and Ed Helms joined the lead cast of the film to play the brothers, while Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove would also produce the film through Alcon.[3] J. K. Simmons and Terry Bradshaw also joined the cast on August 13, 2015, where both would play the lead characters' biological fathers. Bradshaw would play the role of himself.[5] On August 18, 2015, Ving Rhames signed on to play Rod Hamilton, friend and the ex-teammate of football player Bradshaw.[6] On September 11, 2015, Katt Williams joined the cast of the film.[7] On September 17, 2015, Glenn Close was in final negotiations to join the film.[4] On October 7, 2015, Katie Aselton was also in final talks to sign on.[8] On October 22, 2015, Zachary Haven also joined the cast.[9]


Principal photography on the film began on October 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.[12] Filming also took place in Miami.[5] It wrapped up on December 5, 2015.[13]

A scene was also being re-shot in Rutledge GA in April 2017.


Bastards was originally scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. on November 4, 2016. It was later changed to January 27, 2017.[14] In January 2017, just weeks before the film's planned theatrical release, the film was removed from the release schedule.[15] It was later moved yet again to December 22, 2017.[16]

On September 15, 2017, the film was renamed from Bastards to Father Figures.[17]

Box office

In the United States and Canada, Father Figures will be released alongside Downsizing and Pitch Perfect 3, and is projected to gross around $7 million in its opening weekend.[18]


  1. "Father Figures".. AMC Theatres.
  2. Warner Bros. UK (15 September 2016). "Who's Your Daddy? - Official Trailer - Warner Bros. UK".. Retrieved on 2 January 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Owen Wilson Joining Ed Helms in 'Bastards' Comedy (Exclusive)", (July 15, 2015). Retrieved on August 14, 2015. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Glenn Close To Join Cast Of Comedy Feature ‘Bastards’", (September 17, 2015). Retrieved on October 12, 2015. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "J.K. Simmons, Terry Bradshaw Join Ed Helms-Owen Wilson Comedy ‘Bastards’", (August 13, 2015). Retrieved on August 14, 2015. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Ving Rhames Joins Growing Comedy Cast Of ‘Bastards’", (August 18, 2015). Retrieved on August 19, 2015. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Katt Williams Joins Ed Helms-Owen Wilson Comedy ‘Bastards’", (September 11, 2015). Retrieved on October 12, 2015. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "‘The League’s’ Katie Aselton to Star in Ed Helms, Owen Wilson Comedy ‘Bastards’ (Exclusive)", (October 7, 2015). Retrieved on October 12, 2015. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Aleks Paunovic To Make ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’; Newcomer Zachary Haven Joins ‘Bastards’", (October 22, 2015). Retrieved on November 11, 2015. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Paramount, Montecito Team On R-Rated Comedy Spec 'Bastards'", (June 14, 2011). Retrieved on August 14, 2015. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Alcon in Negotiations to Rescue Larry Sher’s Adult Comedy ‘Bastards’ (Exclusive)", (August 7, 2014). Retrieved on August 14, 2015. 
  12. "On the Set for 10/9/15: Marc Webb & Chris Evans Start ‘Gifted’, Garry Marshall & Julia Roberts Wrap ‘Mother’s Day’", (October 9, 2015). Retrieved on October 12, 2015. Archived from the original on September 15, 2016. 
  13. "On the Set 12/11/15: James Franco and Seth Rogen Start ‘The Disaster Artist’, Owen Wilson & Ed Helms Wrap ‘Bastards’", (December 11, 2015). Retrieved on December 13, 2015. Archived from the original on December 13, 2015. 
  14. "Ed Helms-Owen Wilson Comedy ‘Bastards’ Gets November 2016 Release Date", (September 22, 2015). Retrieved on October 12, 2015. 
  15. "Bastards". Retrieved on January 3, 2017.
  16. Couch, Aaron (March 16, 2017). "'Aquaman' Relocates to 'Avatar 2' Release Date in 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on March 17, 2017.
  17. Ed Helms-Owen Wilson Comedy ‘Bastards’ Changes Title to ‘Father Figures’
  18. "Long Range Forecast: 'The Greatest Showman' Joins the Christmas Fray - BoxOffice Pro" (in en-US), BoxOffice Pro (November 3, 2017). Retrieved on December 4, 2017. 

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