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Michael Ealy and Regina Hall Ponder ‘Last Night’; ‘Sex and Sunsets’ Finds Two More

Written by on July 27, 2012 

With Kevin Hart in the bag, those behind the upcoming remake of About Last Night have started to find their other main players — and they’re planning this one pretty specifically. You’ll know of what I speak upon reading Variety‘s story, which tells us Screen Gems and Think Like a Man producers have corralled two of his co-stars from that film, Michael Ealy and Regina Hall, both of whom are expected to sign in the near future.

Like Edward Zwick‘s original film — along with its starting point: David Mamet‘s play, Sexual Perversity in ChicagoAbout Last Night revolves around a couple who, after having a one night stand, decide to make their relationship into a legitimate enterprise. We, the voyeuristic viewers, then get to follow that over the course of a year, as things get better, worse, and end up somewhere in-between.

Hart has already committed to the “mischievous but loyal wingman” slot, so Ealy would, naturally, play the male lead; Hall, on the other hand, is being courted for a supporting role herself. This leaves just one big part to fill, and I wouldn’t be shocked if they just go and grab another member from that film, be it Taraji P. Henson or Gabrielle Union. (At this point, I actually don’t know why they haven’t just cancelled the Think Like a Man sequel.)

Leslye Headland (Terriers) is writing the screenplay for Rainforest Films and producer Will Gluck, though a director still needs to be found. But with the next two signings, I’d think a helmer comes on soon enough. Maybe Tim Story will, soon enough, even enter discussions — if he hasn’t already.

Afterward, Variety also tell us that Catherine O’Hara and Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) are coming aboard Sex and Sunsets, a romantic drama that stars True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten. So I suppose this is a good project for actors who… star in TV shows concerning vampires. (A connection so obvious I can’t really put it into words.)

Jeremiah S. Chechik has been assigned to direct the film — an adaptation of Tim Sandlin‘s novel, written by Megan Martin — which stars Kwanten as Kelly Palamino, a bum dishwasher who sees the woman of his dreams, Collette, on her wedding day. He starts pursuing the newlywed, trying to prove that his bad reputation is nothing more than a falsehood she should be able to look past in order to find true love. Canning will play Collette, while O’Hara‘s role will be that of her “eccentric, estranged mother.”

Serendipity are producing Sex and Sunsets, with shooting expected to kick off next month.

How do you feel about the Think Like a Man ensemble getting back together for About Last Night? Does Sex and Sunsets benefit from these next two choices?

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