Jennifer Aniston's New Comedies: Wanderlust & Horrible Bosses
by Ethan Anderton
May 12, 2010
It's quite sad to think that despite the fact Jennifer Aniston starred in one of the best comedies of the last 20 years, Office Space, she couldn't avoid taking on one of the worst-looking comedies of the past 20 years with The Bounty Hunter. But now it looks like she's ready to redeem herself as THR and Deadline have news on two new comedies for Aniston to lend her talents to. The first will see her return to the workplace comedy as she takes on a role in the Seth Gordon (Four Christmases) directed comedy Horrible Bosses, while the second, Wanderlust, will see her paired with Paul Rudd in a new romantic comedy from Judd Apatow.
Though we just learned yesterday that Colin Farrell would also be stepping up as one of the titular hated supervisors in the dark comedy Horrible Bosses, we didn't know that there were still two more bosses to be cast as the targets of three disgruntled employees who plot to kill them. Though we'd heard that Paul Rudd was circling a role in the comedy, THR makes no mention of his casting in this recent report saying Jason Bateman and Charlie Day are also negotiating beside Aniston to join the cast. Aniston would be playing one of the horrible bosses while Bateman and Day would be two of the other three frustrated employees.
Personally, I'm hoping that Paul Rudd is still in the running for one of the remaining parts whether its one of the bosses or murder plotting employees (he probably fits the latter better than the former), but since one of the other potential projects on his plate also involved dark comedy with a murder plot, maybe he's opted out of this one. Though Gordon has a lot to make up for after directing the disastrous holiday comedy Four Christmases, this cast is sounding like quite the convincing point to see the flick.
So although we're not sure if Rudd will be joining Jennifer Aniston in the growing cast of Horrible Bosses, it looks like the two do have another project together as Deadline reports the duo have signed on for a new comedy from "The State" comedians David Wain and Ken Marino and producer Judd Apatow. The duo previously brought us the hilarious Role Models (which Wain also directed and Rudd co-wrote), and will now bring us Wanderlust, the story of a married couple trying to escape the city life for a counterculture existence. Though the premise sounds recycled, Wain, Marino and Apatow haven't steered me wrong yet.
One thing's for sure, either of the two new studio comedies that Aniston has boarded will be heaps funnier on every level than the poor excuse for a comedy that was The Bounty Hunter. I shudder just thinking about how many times I had to endure that trailer in theaters earlier this year. And I don't know about you guys, but Role Models turned out to be one of my favorite comedies of 2008 despite my previous worries of Seann William Scott's presence jinxing the comedy (before then he was flopping left and right with flicks like Mr. Woodcock and The Dukes of Hazzard). Anyway, we'll be keeping our eyes on each project as they develop, so stay tuned for more casting updates! Which one of these Aniston comedies sounds better?