Crackle Taps Charlie Sheen For New Original Film

 Crackle has signed actor Charlie Sheen to star and executive produce the network’s original movie, Mad Families, the streaming service announced Tuesday.

Sheen will play Charlie Jones, a loveable man-child with a heart of gold and a unique way of looking at the world in the multi-generational comedy, according to company officials. Fred Wolf (Crackle’s Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser) will direct and produce the film from a script created by Wolf and David Spade.

The story revolves around the exploits of three families -- one African-American, one Hispanic and one Caucasian -- who find themselves competing for and eventually sharing the same camping space on a fourth of July weekend.

“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,’” said Eric Berger, Executive Vice President, Digital Networks, Sony Pictures Television and General Manager, Crackle in a statement. “Original movies are a key component of our ongoing programming strategy and Mad Families is a great fit for our viewers.”

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