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Cobie Smulders Pays ‘Starbuck’ for Lead Role; Josh Holloway Becomes ‘Breacher’ for David Ayer

Written by on August 27, 2012 

A couple of TV stars (soon-to-be former TV stars?) have snagged film roles on this final Monday of August. I guess it’s kind of funny this would happen right before the television seasons kick off, too. No, scratch that.

Right. Variety first reports that Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, The Avengers) has entered talks to co-lead DreamWorks’ Starbuck, a Vince Vaughn comedy that’s already been garnished with Chris Pratt. The Ken Scott-helmed picture remakes a French-Canadian hit from last year, both of which follow a middle-aged man whose history of sperm donation has made him the biological father of 533 people. (Conflict enters when they want to meet him and he, being the lead character, faces a big choice.) Smulders will figure into all this chaotic sperm distribution by playing, ironically, his girlfriend carrying their child.

The part might not lend the same comedic meat as Starbuck‘s male stars — Pratt is playing Vaughn‘s lawyer — but Smulders has, nevertheless, displayed some real comedic verve in her prior work; I bet things work out just fine. Plus, it’s good to see this performer move up to the big leagues with this, They Came Together, and Safe Haven, all of which exemplify a strong start to her post-Mother career.

Afterward, Variety also inform us that Josh Holloway (Lost, Ghotocol) has been rounded up for David Ayer‘s Breacher (or Ten; who the hell knows these days), wherein he’ll be playing “Neck, a tough member of [Arnold] Schwarzenegger‘s DEA team who also acts as the medic.”

Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini, Malin Akerman, Dawn Olivieri, Olivia Williams, and Mireille Enos have also been contracted for the thriller, which is slated to begin a shoot next month. Holloway should add a bit more variety and flavor to this pairing; he’s already “masculine,” while also having shown a true range for all that emotional stuff some of his co-stars haven’t always excelled at. I know this joke is getting tired, too, but it’s only right to hope that Skip Woods‘ screenplay has a couple “son of a bitch” lines.

Are Starbuck and Breacher‘s prospects much different with the next two acting choices?

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