Dumb and Dumber sequel 'hysterical' says Jeff Daniels

It's due to start filming in September, says Newsroom star

Hysterical... Dumb and Dumber To starts filming in September (Copyright: New Line)

Now 'Dumb and Dumber To' is definitely happening with Universal Pictures, it seems we can start getting excited about Harry and Lloyd's return to the big screen.

Star Jeff Daniels, while doing the rounds for the new series of HBO show 'The Newsroom', has been talking up the sequel, telling US chat show host Jimmy Fallon that they are due to start filming in September.

“I'll believe it's happening when I'm actually there, staring at Jim Carrey,” he said.

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“But it looks like we're starting in September, yeah. It'll be so great to be with Jim Carrey again, he's just one of the best we got. It'll be the 20th anniversary of the first one next year, when it's released.

“I’ve seen the script. It’s hysterical. We’re middle-aged, we’re not pretending we aren’t. We’re middle-aged and we’re still that stupid.”

The sequel has been in the works for many years, and was dealt what was thought to be a crushing blow when Warner Bros dropped it from their slate in June.

But it was soon picked up by Universal, and the Farrelly brothers are back on board to direct.

The first film emerged in 1994, and quickly gained a cult following.

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Centring on prime dufuses Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas, it followed the hapless dolts on a mission to Aspen to return a briefcase containing ransom money to a wealthy woman Lloyd falls in love with.

As well as its cult following, it didn't do so shabbily at the box office either, coining in $247 million from a supremely modest $17 million budget.

A prequel, 'Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd', which featured neither Carrey or Daniels, emerged in 2003 to roundly dreadful reviews.