More Casting Tidbits: Joel McHale, Mila Kunis & Emma Stone
by Ethan Anderton
May 5, 2010
I gave her my heart, she gave me Casting Tidbits. First up, THR reports Joel McHale ("Community") is in final negotiations to join the Anna Faris comedy vehicle What's Your Number?, the story of a woman (Faris) who re-visits her ex-boyfriends in the hopes of finding the man of her dreams with the help of her womanizing next door neighbor (Chris Evans). Director Mark Mylod ("Entourage") is working from a script by Karyn Bosnak who also wrote the book 20 Times a Lady on which the script is based. McHale would play Faris' mildly charming boss, whom she accidentally sleeps with, causing her to begin the wild goose chase.
Next, Heat Vision reports Catherine Keener and Emma Stone will lend their voices to the DreamWorks Animation caveman comedy The Croods, which already stars Ryan Reynolds and Nicolas Cage. The story follows Grug (Cage), the patriarch of a family pushed out of its home by an earthquake as he sets out to lead his wife Ugga (Keener) and daughter Eep (Stone) to a new homestead. But when the family encounters a nomad, Gy (Reynolds), who introduces to them the concept of tomorrow, or rather, the future, he gains the romantic interest of Eep while frustrating Grug to no end. The reason this project should be of interest is Chris Sanders fresh off blowing audiences away with How to Train Your Dragon, is writing and co-directing from a script that was developed with the help of comedic mastermind John Cleese.
Also, Variety reports that Mila Kunis is the latest to join the growing cast of Friends with Benefits, a romantic comedy (not to be confused with the project formerly known as Friends with Benefits starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman) about two friends who try to take their relationship to the next level. Though both projects (with the same name) have nearly the exact same logline, this one has Kunis starring opposite Justin Timberlake with Will Gluck directing and doing a complete overhaul on the original script by Keith Merryman and David Newman. Why not just combine these movies so we can stop being so damn confused?!
Finally, THR reports Catherine Keener (again) and Jane Fonda will co-star in the indie project Peace, Love and Misunderstanding, a multigenerational film from veteran director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Double Jeopardy, Mao's Last Dancer) and writers Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski which centers on a conservative lawyer (Keener) who, after her husband leaves her, takes her son and daughter to the house of their estranged, hippie grandmother (Fonda) in Woodstock, where they each find love in unexpected places. Sounds perfectly like a true indie to me. Maybe Fonda can finally make up for travesties like Georgia Rule and Monster-in-Law with this.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.