Casting Tidbits: Andy Samberg, Jeremy Piven and Julie Bowen
by Ethan Anderton
July 15, 2010
Jason Bourne is dead, you hear me? He drowned two weeks ago. You're gonna go tell ’em that Jason Bourne is dead, you understand? I swear to God, if I even feel somebody behind me, there is no measure to how fast and how hard I will bring Casting Tidbits to your doorstep. First, a whole slew of actors are coming together as The Wrap reports Andy Samberg, Richard Jenkins, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Patricia Clarkson and Jenna Elfman will join Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake in the romantic comedy Friends With Benefits. This should not be confused with Ivan Reitman's new comedy (formerly of the same title).
In addition, Variety reports New York Yankees ballplayer Alex Rodriguez has also lined up a role in the same film (Friends With Benefits) which follows two friends as they come out of disastrous relationships. It's unclear if A-Rod will be playing himself or just one of the many characters in the film. This is quite an interesting assembly of talent, but I'm not sure how we'll manage having two rom-coms with extremely similar premises. Oh wait, that happens with pretty much every other romantic comedy so nevermind.
Second, Deadline reports Jeremy Piven and Thomas Jane will star in the ensemble thriller I Melt With You from director Mark Pellington (of Henry Poole is Here previously). Plot details are sparse other than the story follows the lives of four men. Here's Pellington's take on the premise which he crafted with Glenn Porter: "This is about four guys and deals with mortality, aging and friendship. It is very dark and very low budget. I have nothing against the larger budget movies I have made. I just want to make movies and doing it this way improves my chances." We'll be keeping out ears to the ground for more on this project.
Next up in casting, Variety reports Julie Bowen, who has found recent success on ABC's hit comedy series "Modern Family" has just landed two film roles. First, Bowen finds herself joining the ever-growing cast of the comedy Horrible Bosses. She'll play the wife of the recently cast third & final titular supervisor being played by Kevin Spacey. The cast already includes Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston as the other tyrannical bosses while Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day are their murder-plotting employees. Second, the actress has also signed on to star in Jumping the Broom, a wedding themed comedy where two African American families clash at Martha's Vineyard. Bowen plays the high strung wedding planner.
Finally, THR reports French comedians Gad Elmaleh (Priceless) and Manu Payet will feel right at home as they have both been cast in Woody Allen's next film Midnight in Paris which is currently shooting in the City of Lights. It has to serve as a compliment to them both to not only be cast in a Woody Allen movie, but to be straight up French comedians sought by the director since Allen himself is quite the stand-up comic. Both will only have small roles in the film but they have quite a bit of good company in the rest of the cast which already features Adrien Brody, Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates and many more.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.