Charlie Sheen has been tapped to executive produce and star in the Sony streaming service’s new film Mad Families.
Directed and produced by Fred Wolf, the film follows three families — one Hispanic, one African American, one Caucasian — who share the same camping space on a Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Sheen will play Charlie Jones, “a loveable man-child with a heart of gold and a unique way of looking at the world,” according to Crackle’s press release.
King of Queens star Leah Remini will play Sheen’s stepmother. Glee’s Naya Rivera also co-stars.
“It’s great to be back in business with Fred, and to have Charlie on board. The combination of Fred’s unique comedic voice and Charlie’s sharp wit and gift for physical humor is sure to be ‘winning,'” Eric Berger, Sony Pictures Television’s Executive Vice President of Digital Networks, said in a statement.
The news of the film comes about a year after Sheen confirmed on the Today Show that he is HIV positive.
Crackle was behind Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, the first ever digital sequel to a major motion picture (and directed by Wolf) and Dead Rising: Watchtower which starred Jesse Metcalfe, Virginia Madsen and Rob Riggle.
Last year, Crackle also expanded its slate of original shows, including its first scripted one-hour drama, The Art of More, which stars Dennis Quaid and Kate Bosworth, as well as the the stop-motion animated comedy series SuperMansion, with Bryan Cranston, Seth Green, Keegan Michael-Key and Jillian Bell.
More recently, Crackle launched its new drama StartUp, which stars Adam Brody and Martin Freeman.
The platform’s flagship original show, Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, launched in 2012 and was nominated for an Emmy this year.