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Old People are So Adorable

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 7, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 7, 2009 |

We often decry the lack of decent roles for actors and actresses over the age of 50 — they’re always playing parents in bad romantic comedies (oh, Candice Bergen) or dying people (Jack Nicholson/Morgan Freeman) or pitching Osteoporosis drugs (Sally Field) or saving the world from diabeetus (Wilford Brimley). It looks, however, like J.J. Abrams is rounding up all the good over-50 actors and putting them in one movie, Morning Glory, and even bringing in Rachel McAdams to manipulate younger moviegoers into seeing it.

Morning Glory will star Harrison Ford, Jeff Goldblum, and Diane Keaton, e.g., Hollywood’s hottest piece of geriatric tail not named Helen Mirren. According to Variety, the film “centers on an aspiring news producer (McAdams) who tries to save a failing morning show by getting control of its feuding anchors. Ford and Keaton will play the dueling on-air personalities. Goldblum will portray McAdams’ boss.”

Roger Michell (Changing Lanes, Notthing Hill) will direct from Alina Brosh McKenna’s (The Devil Wears Prada) script. Meanwhile, Harrison Ford will likely, once again, fail at comedy.

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