It looks as though The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is really getting off the ground. Just a few days after we heard that Shirley MacLaine was in talks to play the mother of Ben Stiller‘s titular character, we’re hearing from THR that Kristen Wiig is also looking to hop on board the actor’s next directing project. The description of her prospective character is brief, but here it is: “his co-worker and the girl of his fantasies.”
Not the typical “girl of your fantasies,” however, for Walter Mitty follows our hero, a “timid magazine photo manager,” who “daydreams of exciting adventures”; THR notes that she would make appearances in these sequences. Eventually, he actually ends up “in an adventure of his own when he goes in search of a missing negative,” and hilarity will naturally ensue.
Wiig — and I don’t say this as a means of putting down her legitimate talent — is usually placed into films as a very specific type of character, a casting history that gives us a good idea of what she’d play here. But even if it’s too familiar, funny is funny, and that alone makes her a strong choice for what I think will end up being a more-than-decent studio comedy.
Would Wiig work in Walter? Do you like alliteration?
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