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Seth Rogen & Chris Pine Desired for McG's 'This Means War'

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April 22, 2010
Source: The Wrap

Seth Rogen & Chris Pine

We heard back in February that Bradley Cooper was joining Reese Witherspoon in the new McG directed action comedy This Means War. But then a week later came news that Cooper had to drop either because the schedule overlapped with The Hangover 2 or because he had creative concerns with the project. But now The Wrap reports the search is on to replace Cooper, and Seth Rogen and Chris Pine are desired for one of two lead roles in this story of two best buds whose friendship is put to the test when a woman moves into their spare room. As they fight for her affections, New York City is literally left demolished in their wake.

The two actors are both being sought to fill the exact same role of "FDR," a character named after the late President because his parents had high hopes for him. Other names being tossed around for the same part include Robert Downey, Jr. and Matt Damon, but since RDJ is apparently too much older than either Pine or Rogen, and Damon hasn't even seen a script, they're not as likely to legitimately be in the running. However, The Wrap says there's a possibility that Rogen could just as easily step into the role of the other battling best friend as James Franco has just turned down that role. We'll let you know what happens.

With all this jockeying around with talent, this doesn't look too hopeful, especially if creative differences caused Cooper to depart to begin with. Although 20th Century Fox is eager to get this one off the ground, the studio originally purchased the property back in 1998, and despite bringing in buzzed screenwriter Tim Dowling (Role Models) to rewrite the script, things aren't looking so hot. But if Chris Pine and Seth Rogen are starring in the same action comedy (by the way, the two best friends are spies, which explains why NYC is destroyed in their battling), then I'd be more inclined to give it a chance in the end. What about you?

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments

1

I hate how all these trends come in waves. Right now it's the action team ensemble with The Losers, The Expendables, and The A-Team all within like a month of each other, now all these spy movies like Night and Day, Date Night, Killers and now this potential crapfest?

Cmurder on Apr 22, 2010

2

Hey, could work. Rogen's a funny guy.

Daniel Felts on Apr 22, 2010

3

Cmurder c'mon! Sounds pretty good, Pine vs. Rogen and one's a spy! Sounds awesome!

Xerxex on Apr 22, 2010

4

I hope that Rogen and Pine are both smart enough to not sign onto a film directed by that idiot McG.

FilmMaker2003 on Apr 22, 2010

5

Xerxex, maybe...i'll have to see a trailer but I still kind of see these spy films as cop-outs. It like the same romantic comedy crap regurgitated over again except this time......wait for it.....THEY'RE SPIES! SHAZAM! I know i'm being cynical but I blame Hollywood! P.S. it says they are BOTH spies, not just one.

Cmurder on Apr 22, 2010

6

Two spies? hmm...didn't read it, read on imdb.com last night and I oversighted that specific detail. I'd just wait for a trailer, but I get that it is hard to be optimistic to the ideas that Hollywood has nowadays.

Xerxex on Apr 22, 2010

7

I saw McGs name and lost interest....his possible redemption was in Salvation and I think we all know how that turned out. This guy cant direct period.

Cody w on Apr 22, 2010

8

I agree Cody w, he showed some ability in We Are Marshall, and had some okay parts in Salvation, mostly the effects but the story wasn't good at all, maybe just maybe he will do good here?

Xerxex on Apr 22, 2010

9

More and more, these top-tier actors are realizing the importance of working with solid filmmakers/producers that won't ruin their projects. And a Fox movie with McG ain't it. Plus, Fox doesn't pay shit.

Johnnie Walker on Apr 23, 2010

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