With her sharp, sarcastic persona, Aubrey Plaza could’ve easily wound up with a decent career playing BFF and sidekick roles. But in this year’s heartwarming indie hit Safety Not Guaranteed, she proved herself equally up for the task of leading a film — and now she’s about to do so again in next year’s The To Do List.

The cast list for the R-rated coming-of-age comedy reads is chock full of funny young talents. In addition to Plaza, Alia Shawkat, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Rachel Bilson, Scott Porter, Johnny Simmons, and Sarah Steele all co-star. Connie Britton and Clark Gregg take on the rare grown-up roles, apparently as Plaza’s parents. CBS Films has just offered a first red-band (i.e., NSFW) look at the film in a new video announcing the release date. Watch it after the jump.

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The coming of age sex comedy The To Do List, formerly called The Hand Job, has been on our radar since it began to assemble a massive cast of young comedic talent. Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Scott Pilgrim) plays a young woman who wants to head into college with a wealth of sexual experience under her belt, and so spends her post-senior summer trying to check off items on a sexual to-do list. The latest actors to sign on for the shenanigans are Clark Gregg (Marvel Studios’ bedrock player) and Rachel Bilson (The O.C., New York, I Love You). Read More »

One of the consistently great things about Scott Pilgrim vs the World was Johnny Simmons, who didn’t get a lot of screen time but still managed to shine as  the wide-eyed aspiring bass player Young Neil. He’s only been in The Conspirator since, and was announced for The Hand Job. Now he has scored two new roles, in 21 Jump Street and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Read More »

Last year Maggie Carey‘s film The Hand Job was announced, in which Aubrey Plaza would play a high school graduate who decides she needs a lot more sexual experience before college, and proceeds to work her way through a checklist of, er, action items. Yesterday many more cast members were announced and today we have even more, and roles for many of them.

Connie Britton will play the main character’s “liberal, free-spirited mother,” Mae Whitman and Alia Shawkat are two of her best friends; and Scott Porter will play a guy in a band that Plaza has a crush on.

Dominic Dierkes and D.C. Pierson (along with their Derrick Comedy co-member Don Glover) will play lifeguards; Bill Hader will be their stoned boss at the pool. Johnny Simmons is Plaza’s classmate and co-worker, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse is his sci-fi nerd best friend. There will be a few more roles cast yet, but this is a great cast so far. And after Easy A I very much welcome more efforts to turn the typical male coming of age sex comedy into a story outline that girls can get lost in, too. [Variety]

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Bill Hader has a whole hell of a lot going on lately. We detailed two of his upcoming projects last night — Henchmen and Vaughn Meader — but there are more.

One is The Hand Job, a film that is being spearheaded by his wife Maggie Carey. She wrote the script, which ended up on the 2009 Black List, and plans to direct with star Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Funny People, Scott Pilgrim) as a graduating high school girl in 1993 who wants to gather some sexual experience before going off to college. There are now quite a few more actors lined up, including Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman, Donald Glover and Andy Samberg. More details after the break. Read More »

Aubrey Plaza Attached to ‘The Hand Job’

Aubrey Plaza doesn’t have the longest resume on the block yet, but with each progressive role she continues to make a whole generation of young men swoon. She first hit the scene as Daisy, the cute stand-up comedian next door in Judd Apatow’s Funny People and also played the female lead in the underrated (except here on /Film) comedy Mystery Team. Off the strength of those performances, Plaza became a regular on NBC’s Parks & Recreation playing April Ludgate, the hilariously lazy and deadpan office assistant and most recently, she had a short but sweet role as Julie Powers in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Maybe you’ve heard of it.

Now Plaza is attached to a buzzed about female teen sex comedy script called The Hand Job written by Maggie Carey and it sounds like, if and when it gets made, it could make Plaza big in the way films like Superbad and American Pie made household names of some of her male counterparts. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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