Tony Hale‘s a funny guy, and Paul Feig (somewhat) recently made a funny movie. We’re already in business.
Anyway, Variety reports that the former will appear for the latter’s newest effort, The Heat, a cop comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. Now, while fans of his Arrested Development/Veep work might be somewhat disappointed to read about the part — seeing as it sounds pretty small and what-not — I imagine him as “a man who McCarthy‘s character arrests for soliciting a prostitute” and can only laugh.
The screenplay, by Katie Dippold (Parks and Recreation), doesn’t center on arrests of that sort, but two law enforcement officers — “a high-strung FBI agent” (Bullock) and “unconventional Boston cop” (McCarthy) — who have to find and arrest a Russian mobster. John Baker (or “Spoken Reasons”) is also starring in The Heat, which will begin shooting next month.
Now, for competing action movies. As Variety informs us that James Woods is in talks for Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down, Deadline also reports that Radha Mitchell (The Crazies, Surrogates) will appear in Olympus Has Fallen, an Antoine Fuqua outing cut from the same cloth. (Both movies, essentially, are about a Secret Service member — Channing Tatum in House, Gerard Butler in Olympus — saving the President from terrorists who’ve taken over the White House.)
The first of these projects would see the Videodrome actor play “head of the presidential detail” — in this one, the President is played by Jamie Foxx — while that other film has secured the actress to appear as Leah, wife of Butler‘s Secret Service hero.
Aaron Eckhart is taking Presidential duties in Olympus, and will co-star with Angela Basset & Dylan McDermott; White House Down also features Maggie Gyllenhaal. Both are expected to begin shooting in the next couple of months.
Might Hale bring the funny to The Heat? Which of these White House actioners is shaping up more nicely?
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