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Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg Will Be 'Celeste and Jesse Forever'

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March 23, 2011
Source: 24 Frames

Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones

Both shared some screen time in the bromantic comedy I Love You, Man, but now "Saturday Night Live" star Andy Samberg and "Parks and Recreation" regular Rashida Jones will lead their own. 24 Frames reports the two will will play a couple that's getting divorced but want to remain friends (yeah, right) in Celeste and Jesse Forever, a film which Jones also wrote with actor turned writer Will McCormack. Last we heard about the project, director Seth Gordon (The King of Kong, Four Christmases) was going to be at the helm, but now The Vicious Kind director Lee Toland Kriger will be behind the camera instead.

Though the two leads are primarily known for their comedy, but it with Kriger on board to direct, this sounds like it will be a little more serious. Jones says:

"Our movie is about two people who love each other a ton but they don't know what to do with that love, and how do you let that person go. It's very different from: 'I like having sex with this person because I'm so modern but then, ooh, maybe I like them.' I'm less interested in that story. It's the version of 'When Harry Met Sally' 20 years later, or 'Blue Valentine.' It's really about how you break up with someone."

I like the idea of having what seems like a happily ever after relationship from When Harry Met Sally crumble 20 years down the road. It's depressing, but it's also very realistic. Jones comments on the inclusion of a female perspective in this kind of film ,"It's hard to find female leads that are flawed and interesting and dynamic. We wanted to write something that was in the vein of Judd Apatow -- you talk like you actually talk with your friends -- but with ladies. I want to do that and not just be someone's girlfriend or wife. I want to be the one to go on the journey." With Bridesmaids hitting soon, and this film on the way, it sounds like leading ladies are really getting sick of the standard chick flick. Sounds good to me. How about you?

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  • petepete
    huge fan of jones in P&R and samberg plus i loved the work of the director in the vicious kind. i think this could be pretty great, and the inclusion of the female perspective isnt neccesary a bad thing especially if jones is that perspective.
  • Guest
    Read the script, it should be good. And with Andy Samberg, that can only help.

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