Most of us stop thinking about work as we enter the holiday season, but Hollywood actors and actresses are lining up their jobs for the new year. There is a whole bunch of casting news that’s recently been announced, much of it in the romantic comedy genre, and here’s the rundown.
Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks and G4’s Olivia Munn will join Kelsey Grammer and Pierce Brosnan in the comedy I Don’t Know How She Does It, which stars Sarah Jessica Parker as a woman juggling her work on Wall Street with a family life. Parker herself is also joining the huge ensemble for Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy New Year’s Eve while Halle Berry is in negotiations for a role too. 30 Rock award winner Alec Baldwin is the latest actor circling a spot in the Broadway adaptation Rock of Ages. Everyone’s favorite Viper pilot, Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff will star in Sexy Evil Genius, which is about a girl who brings all her exes to the same bar. Rosario Dawson and Lynn Collins are now part of the high school reunion film Ten Year with Chris Pine and Channing Tatum and Ed Burns joins Megan Fox and Jon Hamm in Jennifer Westfeldt’s romantic comedy Friends With Kids.
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Within the next six weeks, someone you like a lot is virtually guaranteed to be cast in New Year’s Eve, the ensemble romantic comedy that is a sorta-spin-off from Valentine’s Day. I apologize in advance. For me, it has already happened, as Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer are negotiating for roles in the film. So are Hilary Swank and Ashton Kutcher.
THR lays out the structure: the film “tells intertwining stories of a group of New Yorkers as they navigate their way through romance over the course of New Year’s Eve.” Robert De Niro would be a bitter, dying man, while Michelle Pfeiffer would be “a frustrated executive secretary who decides to tackle her unfulfilled resolutions.” Hilary Swank would be a producer of the big Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, while Ashton Kutcher would be cast well against type as a man who hates New Year’s Eve.
This quartet would join Lea Michele and Abigail Breslin, and there will be more to come before the film shoots in mid-December. Garry Marshall is directing.
Despite earning a nice little fanbase for All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and forgetting to wear any clothes in The Informers, Amber Heard‘s closest thing to a break-out moment probably remains her bit part as the first zombie encountered by Jesse Eisenberg in Zombieland.
Now she’ll appear as “a stalker student” in The Applicant, a thriller to be directed by Eric Bross. This is from Arclight Films, the same company (essentially) behind the sci-fi Shakespeare film Henry 5. The script, by Jeff Rothberg and Francis X McCarthy, is about “an underage prep school senior obsessed with admission to Yale who will stop at nothing to get her way, including seducing and ruining the life of an admissions director with connections to a top Yale professor.” Hopefully, by the time this is shot, we’ll have had a chance to see Amber Heard in The Rum Diary, opposite Johnny Depp; she’s also in Drive Angry and And Soon the Darkness. [Screen Daily]
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File this story in the “I wish I were joking” pile: Gary Marshall‘s ensemble romantic comedy Valentine’s Day doesn’t even open until Friday but Hollywood is already planning a sequel. According to Finke, the film’s producers have hired screenwriter Katherine Fugate write another holiday-themed film as a follow-up titled New Years Eve. The sequel/spin-off will feature some of the Los Angeles-based cast/characters from Valentine’s Day, in a new setting – New York City, over the course of 24 hours surrounding the new year.
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