Jesse Eisenberg lands his most ambitious role… as a ‘grunting’, hairy Sasquatch

Jesse Eisenberg has taken on his most challenging and unconventional role – playing a Sasquatch (Picture: Getty Images|Wikipedia)

Jesse Eisenberg is set to play a Sasquatch in an upcoming film, and he’s really rather looking forward to it.

The Social Network actor, who normally plays nerdy, super smart characters, has revealed he’ll be dramatically switching things up by taking on his most ambitious role yet as the giant mythical ape.

Speaking of playing the Big Foot character in the movie directed by the acclaimed Zellner Brothers, Jessie, 38, said: ‘I play a Sasquatch.

‘In full makeup. In full body hair. No lines — I grunt, but no lines. I’m so looking forward to this,’ he added to Variety.

Father-of-one Jesse, who is currently promoting his directorial debut When You Finish Saving the World, did not share any further details about the role, so we’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out.

Back in 2010, the filmmaking siblings put out the short film Sasquatch Birth Journal 2, which was nominated for the Sundance Short Filmmaking Award in 2011.

Jesse’s role as the giant mythical creature will mean he has no lines but just be required to grunt throughout the entire film (Picture: Rex)

The last big screen film made about a Sasquatch was comedy Harry and the Hendersons in 1987 (Picture: Universal)

Footage from a film called the PGF in 1967 claimed to have spotted a female Bigfoot (pictured) known informally as Patty 25 miles northwest of Orleans, California, and directors maintained that the sighting was real (Picture: Patterson-Gimlin/Wikipedia)

The plot read: ‘Sasquatch fanatics since they were children, the Zellner brothers think of the Sasquatch as a friend but also acknowledge their “unhealthy, unrealistic desire to pet and cuddle wild animals”.’

So it appears that the Zellners, Nathan and David, are creating a big-screen version of their five-minute project with the new film.

The hairy creature, said to inhabit the forests of North America, was last brought to the big screen in William Dear’s critically-panned 1987 film, Harry and the Hendersons.

This isn’t the first time Jesse and the Zellner Brothers have worked together.

Jesse in one of his most famous roles as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2010’s The Social Network (Picture: Columbia/Kobal/REX)

The actor starred opposite David in the 2019 martial arts comedy The Art of Self-Defense. Nathan, meanwhile, served as executive producer on the film.

Last Monday, Jesse received an Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award at the 28th annual Sarajevo Film Festival where he screened When You Finish Saving the World.

The star’s other upcoming projects include writing and helming A Real Pain, in which he’ll also star alongside Kieran Culkin.

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