Black, Dillon & More Joining Matthew Weiner's 'You Are Here'
Last year we heard the feature directorial debut of "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner was being delayed due to production on season four of the hit AMC series causing problems with the timetable for the film. But it looks like this project is finally coming together again as Pajiba reports Jack Black, Matt Dillon and Renee Zellweger are now attached to the romantic comedy You Are Here. Additionally, an offer is out to Rachel McAdams for a role as well. Though the new cast doesn't pack as much punch as the previously attached Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Jennifer Aniston, I'm sure Weiner is just happy to finally make the flick.
The story is said to follow two roommates in their 30s, preoccupied with dodging the responsibilities and rigors of adult life. However, the sudden death of one of the roommates' fathers makes his unstable son the new owner of a general store, a country home and millions of dollars worth of Amish farmland. Black is supposed to play the bumbling, pothead heir and Dillon will presumably play his roommate described as a skirt-chasing weatherman, who drinks, smokes pot, and objectifies women. McAdams role would be that of the father's widow, a younger bohemian type with which both roommates begin to fall in love. Meanwhile, Zellwegger would play the uptight sister who is pissed that all the land and the store were left to her incompetent brother.
Keep in mind that the talent now taking over these roles could just as easily fall out again just as with the last round of casting. It's still not clear how soon this project might get off the ground, but when the project was delayed back in 2009, it seemed like 2011 would be a good time for production to star. Once again, as a "Mad Men" fan, I'm quite excited to see how Weiner's talents transfer to the big screen, especially outside of the dark, dramatic tones of the period drama series. Hopefully Weiner can find time to shoot You Are Here before production on the fifth season of the popular series begins. Interested?