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Ed Helms To Lead ‘Vacation’ Spin-Off as Rusty Griswold

Written by on July 11, 2012 

Ever since a Vacation reboot/spin-off/sequel/continuation has been batted around, Ed Helms has bubbled up when it came to casting rumors. With the last film arriving in 1997, following the 1983 Chevy Chase-starring comedy classic and it’s other sequels, a return to the franchise has always been near the top of Hollywood’s list. Despite a repeated denial from Helms, it looks things are finally falling into place, as Variety reports the actors has officially entered talks to the lead the project.

But it won’t be a reboot in a strict sense, as Helms will not be playing Clark Griswold himself, rather his son Rusty, all grown up with a family of his own. He’ll be directed by first-timers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who scripted this, along with the hit Horrible Bosses.

Considering how hilarious that comedy was, I’d actually be interested in a return to this series, unlike something say Ghostbusters. With a new cast and some actual talent, this seems to extend beyond a simple cashgrab. With that being said, I’d be shocked if we didn’t see at least a cameo from Grandpa Griswold in here somewhere.

Following The Hangover Part III shooting, production for Vacation is set to begin next spring.

Would you like to see another Vacation, led by Helms?

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