A couple of high-profile romantic comedies recently added supporting players to their cast. First up is Date Night, which revolves around a married couple (played by Tina Fey and Steve Carell), whose routine date night goes awry. The film will be directed by Night at the Museum’s Shawn Levy; the script was penned by Josh Klausner.
In addition to Fey and Carell, James Franco has been added to the cast as a bumbling con man, while Mark Wahlberg will play a securities expert who hits on Fey’s character. In addition, “Gossip Girl’s” Leighton Meester has been added as the couple’s babysitter, Kristen Wiig has been added as Fey’s best friend, Benjamin Button’s Taraji P. Henson will play a cop, and Common will play the villain.
Pretty decent cast (particularly Fey and Carell), but with Levy as director and the guy who wrote Shrek the Third and its forthcoming sequel, Shrek Goes Fourth, there can be nothing but earth-shattering disappointment on the horizon.
The other high-profile project is Get Him to the Greek, a spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which follows the two characters played by Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. Hill will play a fresh-out-of-college intern assigned to the job of driving around Brand’s Aldous Snow. Three new supporting players have been added to that cast as well. Elisabeth Moss (“West Wing,” “Mad Men”) will play Jonah Hill’s repressed doctor girlfriend; Rose Byrne will play Brand’s Courtney-Love type rocker ex-girlfriend, and Sean Combs will play Jonah Hill’s boss.
Kind of a hit-and-miss cast, and the somewhat amusing “chemistry” between Jonah Hill and Russell Brand in Sarah Marshall would seem to have a short shelf life. But, Nicholas Stoller is back, writing and directing, so there is some hope. Shame we can’t swap out Nicholas Stoller for Shawn Levy in Date Night and create the ultimate romantic comedy.