Katherine Heigl, Jon Bon Jovi & More Celebrating 'New Year's Eve'
Though she was originally set to star in Garry Marshall's first holiday-themed ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day, actress Katherine Heigl wanted $3 million for her role in the film. Since that salary would've been higher than any of the other stars in the film (including Julia Roberts), she was left out in the wind. But now apparently she's ready to play ball with Marshall again as Deadline reports Heigl has landed a role in New Year's Eve, the newest holiday ensemble film set to follow intertwining stories of a group of New Yorkers as they navigate their way through bittersweet drama and romance over the course of New Year's Eve.
Heigl is playin a caterer who encounters her ex-lover at a party, a role that previously belonged to Halle Berry but the actress has dropped out for unknown reasons. In addition, while we were at Sundance last week, a whole slew of new cast members also came onboard the project. THR reported that rocker Jon Bon Jovi, Inglourious Basterds star Til Schweiger and "Saturday Night Live" Weekend Update host Seth Meyers had joined the cast and later updated with news that Josh Duhamel, Ice Cube and Ryan Seacrest would also make appearances.
Bon Jovi is playing a rocker who is also Heigl's ex-lover while Duhamel omantic who spends the day trying to get to New York in the hope of getting to a party in order to re-meet a mystery girl from the previous year. Seacrest will cameo as himself with Ice Cube playing NYPD cop who is working with the director of the Times Square festivities (Hilary Swank). Meanwhile, Seth Meyers is playing a broke dad who wants his wife (Jessica Biel) to deliver the first baby of the year in order to win a $25,000 reward and finds himself in a heated competition. Other cast members include Robert De Niro, Sofia Vergara, Russell Peters, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker and Abigail Breslin. I guess that's enough names to rake in audiences later this year.