In late October 2014, it was reported that Ricky Gervais would be directing a remake of the French comedy Envoyés très spéciaux, titled Special Correspondents (the French film's English translation), from his own screenplay. It was also announced that Eric Bana and Gervais would star in the film as a struggling radio journalist and his sidekick, respectively. In early May, it was reported that Kevin Pollak would have a supporting role in the film. On 27 May, it was revealed that Benjamin Bratt had been cast in the role of Bana's nemesis. On 30 May, Kelly Macdonald was reported to have joined the cast of the film. The following day, Vera Farmiga tweeted her involvement in the project; she was later confirmed to be portraying the role of Gervais' ruthless wife.Raúl Castillo was reported to have joined the cast on 3 June. A picture of the complete cast was revealed by TheWrap on 5 June, confirming the casting of America Ferrera.