Wilksboro’s Zach Galifianakis Challenges Will Ferrell in ‘The Campaign’

Wilksboro, NC native Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover, Due Date) returns to theaters this week with Will Ferrell (Elf, Anchorman), as two rival North Carolina poiticians in a heated and hilarious contest for a seat on the U.S. House of Representatives in The Campaign.

Zach Galifianakis stars in 'The Campaign.'

The cast for the timely political comedy from director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers) also includes Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Brian Cox (Manhunter), Jack McBrayer (NBC’s 30 Rock), Dylan McDermott (F/X’s American Horror Story), Sarah Baker (Sweet Home Alabama), and SNL‘s Jason Sudeikis (who is currently shooting We’re the Millers with Jennifer Aniston in Wilmington, NC).

Wilksboro, NC native Zach Galifianakis stars with Will Ferrell as two North Carolina politicians competing for office in 'The Campaign'.

Wilksboro, NC native Zach Galifianakis stars with Will Ferrell as two North Carolina politicians competing for office in ‘The Campaign’.

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district.  Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center.

At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about.

North Carolina native and real life resident Zach Galifianakis plays NC politician Marty Huggins in 'The Campaign'.

North Carolina native and real life resident Zach Galifianakis plays NC politician Marty Huggins in ‘The Campaign’.

Galifiankis will soon be seen in You Are Here with Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers) and Amy Poehler (NBC’s Parks and Recreation), which was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina earlier this year.

Ferrell previously worked in North Carolina in the NASCAR comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, filmed in Charlotte, Concord, and Rockingham in 2006.

You can watch the theatrical trailer for The Campaign and two election ads featuring Galifiankis’ character Marty Huggins in the players below, and then scroll down to view the official posters!

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The Campaign kicks off in theaters this Friday, August 10, 2012.

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