Thomas Lennon has been cast to star opposite Matthew Perry in the Odd Couple reboot.

Thomas Lennon has been cast to star opposite Matthew Perry in the Odd Couple reboot.

Thomas Lennon Cast As Felix Unger

Perry (Friends) had already been announced as the show’s new incarnation of Oscar Madison (the sloppy, more messy roommate). Lennon will play the role of Felix Unger, the strait-laced, neat roommate who clashes with Oscar.

The Odd Coupe has been a play, a film and a TV series. From 1970 to 1975, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman played the mismatched roommates on the original series. But before its eventual arrival to television, The Odd Couple was produced as a play by Neil Simon and then adapted into a film staring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

Lennon, an actor-writer-producer-director, co-stared with Perry as his best friend in the Zac Efron flick 17 Again. He was most recently seen in the now-canceled Sean Saves the World on NBC, but is perhaps best known for his work on Reno 911! and Night at the Museum, for which he wrote the screenplay.

Perry To Produce And Star In Odd Couple Reboot

The Odd Couple will mark Perry’s third new sitcom in about as many years. His two previous returns to sitcom television – Mr. Sunshine (cancelled after 13 episodes in 2011) and Go On (cancelled after 22 episodes in 2013) – were both well-reviewed, but failed to attract viewers. Since Friends went off the air in 2004, Perry has also stared in Aaron Sorkin’s failed show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and had a successful arc on CBS’ The Good Wife. Perry, who co-wrote the new Odd Couple pilot, will also act as executive producer on the show.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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