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January 14, 2014 2:10 PM
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Michael Cera and John Hawkes Will Star in Charlie Kaufman's FX Comedy Pilot 'How and Why'

Michael Cera reprised his role in 'Arrested Development' for Netflix last year Adam Taylor/Netflix

One of the most exciting potential series to be announced last year was "How and Why," a half-hour comedy pilot from Charlie Kaufman.

The "Synecdoche, New York" filmmaker got his start in television, working as a producer for "Ned and Stacey" and writer on "The Dana Carvey Show" before "Being John Malkovich" came out in 1999, so the project actually represents a return to the small screen for him.

Today, FX announced that the pilot has cast its leads -- Michael Cera ("Crystal Fairy") and John Hawkes ("The Sessions") -- and will begin production this spring in North Carolina. The comedy will be the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.

Kaufman will write and direct the pilot and serve as executive producer alongside Anthony Bregman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind").

Cera's one of the five directors set so far to direct installments of WGN America and the Weinstein Company's recently announced "Ten Commandments" anthology series. Hawkes played Kenny Powers' brother Dustin in HBO's "Eastbound & Down."

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