Proving that, sometimes, a shortlist is merely a list of candidates, THR let us know that the Shawn Levy comedy This is Where I Leave You has secured its last member in Rose Byrne. Most significant about the Bridesmaids and X-Men star coming aboard (even if it’s not so “significant”) is it landing after a few weeks’ worth of reports stating something to the slight contrary: Isla Fisher, Zoe Saldana, Ari Graynor, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were rumored for her part, but that’s not who landed this position at the end of the day. Reports say they’re handling the news just fine.
Said part, by the way, is “a former wild child” who catches the attention of Jason Bateman‘s character, Judd Foxman, an old childhood flame of sorts; he, himself, is a man going back to his childhood home with fellow siblings. You’ve probably heard all of this several times by now, so click the above link for more of those details — except to add, even if it’s more of a reiteration, that Levy might have a good film on his hands this time. It’s sort of impossible to believe, except when Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, and Kathryn Hahn also star.
She’s also started to circle Townies, a Nicholas Stoller-directed buddy comedy featuring the unlikely duo of Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. The Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Five-Year Engagement director is working from a script by Brendan O’Brien and Andrew Cohen, in which a small-town man (Rogen) is terrorized by the actions of a frat boy (Efron); Byrne factors in as the former’s wife, a more adult sort than her other half.
In something of a transposition amongst creative connections, Leslie Mann — the wife of Byrne‘s Bridesmaids producer, himself also a producer on Driver‘s Girls; have you heard of him? — and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones, Mama) are being added to The Other Woman. Starring Cameron Diaz, Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) directs a Melissa Stack-screenplay about the ways in which two women get back at an adulterous husband.
Diaz stars as the other woman in a man’s (Coster-Waldau) two-person romantic life, the other side of which comprises Mann‘s jilted wife. (This was originally considered for Kristen Wiig, further proving that Apatow‘s influence extends to literally every person who steps foot on a Hollywood studio’s lot.) Does this all sound okay enough, if not at all unique or noteworthy? That’s probably because it will be. Shooting begins in a couple of months.
Do you see the dynamic of either movie changing with these various actors boarding?