We told you last night that John Lithgow had already joined the cast of the next film from Judd Apatow, which might be titled This Is Forty. (I would like to just be able to call it that and move on, really.) Now, THR has learned of two more additions to the movie, and interestingly enough, neither of them are traditional actors.
The two are Annie Mumolo and Robert Smigel, the former of whom co-wrote Bridesmaids with its star, Kristen Wiig. Smigel is a name that you might recognize right away, thanks to his work on shows like Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. On that talk show, he created Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, who became one of the most famous figures in comedy from the past ten years.
His past association with Apatow comes through his co-writing credit on You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, but let’s hope this turns out a little better than that. Some might be worried about two people who aren’t normally actors having parts here, but I think that can be dissuaded for two reasons: 1. Apatow is very good at bringing out people’s comedic sensibilities, and 2. These will probably be smaller roles.
The rest of the cast is rather impressive, being comprised of Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Megan Fox, Albert Brooks, Charlyne Yi, Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, Melissa McCarthy, and Ryan Lee. It’s expected to see a release on December 21st, 2012.
Are you a fan of the work of either, and how do you feel about them acting in this film?