With a rejuvenated career thanks to Bridesmaids, it didn’t take long for director Paul Feig to find his next project. Production recently kicked off on his next comedy, The Heat, in Boston, with some last-minute casting announcements coming in. Re-teaming with his star Melissa McCarthy, the cast also includes Sandra Bullock, Rob Corddry, Tony Hale and John Baker.
Now Variety reports that comedian Bill Burr has joined the cast as brother to McCarthy, who is upset to find her cop sister turning in their other brother for being a drug dealer. The project follows an FBI agent (Bullock) and a Boston cop (McCarthy), both of whom are paired up and tasked with prosecuting a Russian gangster. One likely recognizes Burr from many TV stints such as Chappelle Show, Breaking Bad and even films like Date Night. The comedy arrives on April 4th, 2013.
In other casting news, Jimbo Lee is pulling together an ensemble for his directorial debut Abby in the Summer. Variety reports that My Name is Earl star Jaime Pressly is set to lead the film, along with Robin Thicke, the singer who is making his acting debut. Tygh Runyan, Frances Conroy, Joey Lauren Adams and comedian Steve Agee round out the rest of the cast and one can see the synopsis below.
Pressly stars as the title character, an adrenaline junkie who spends 60 hours a week working as a sous chef in a busy kitchen. After accidentally cutting herself one day, she is forced to leave work for the summer, during which she must face the challenge of doing nothing. As temperatures soar, she must deal with a distracted husband (Runyan) and the temptation of an old flame (Thicke). Conroy and Adams will play the protag’s mother and best friend, respectively.
Production for Abby kicks off this week in LA.
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