Exclusive: Natalie Portman Set to Star in a Stoner Road Comedy
Natalie Portman and her production company, Handsome Charlie Films, are currently searching for a director to helm Best Buds, a stoner road comedy Portman is producing and set to star in. The independently financed comedy is said to be in the vein of Harold and Kumar and Half-Baked and will center on two best female friends who take a road trip to their friend's wedding in order to save her by bringing her weed.
According to our source, The Hollywood Cog, the script comes from actress Jamie Denbo, who is probably best known for writing and starring in a popular Showtime pilot, "Ronna & Beverly," which was directed by Paul Feig, but never got picked up for series (it was apparently only aired for tax purposes).
Portman has been consistent in recent years with her script choices, regularly alternating big-budget fare with independent projects. She started her own production company in order to field more scripts suited to her tastes, and she's already got Hesher (with Joseph Gordon-Levitt) ready for theaters (it debuted at Sundance), and it's her production company that's also moving forward with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is expected to come after she finishes filming Thor. Best Buds would line up well following Zombies, after which she has no other go projects.
Best Buds also seems well suited to the marketplace rife with road-trip comedies (The Hangover, the upcoming Due Date) and stoner comedies (Pineapple Express and Portman's own Your Highness), and it would be nice to see a female-driven stoner comedy, for a change. Note, also, that this is not a remake of the Cheech & Chong film of the same name.
Newly developed Vendome Pictures, which has already signed on to co-produce Tom Hanks' Larry Crowne and Duncan Jones' Source Code is co-producing Best Buds.