michael cera john hawkes fx gi Michael Cera and John Hawkes join Charlie Kaufman's FX pilot 'How and Why'FX Networks has cast the two leads for its comedy pilot “How and Why,” from writer Charlie Kaufman.

Michael Cera (“Arrested Development”) and John Hawkes (“Winter’s Bone,” “Deadwood”) will star in the show, which is about a guy who “can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.”

FX announced the pilot almost a year ago, but it’s just now getting under way. Production is scheduled to start in the spring.

Kaufman (“Being John Malkovich,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) began his career as a TV writer, working on shows like “Get a Life,” “Ned and Stacey” and “The Dana Carvey Show.” “How and Why” is his first TV project since the mid-1990s.

FX Networks hasn’t made a decision yet on whether “How and Why” would air on FX or FXX.

Posted by:Rick Porter