James Marsden Joining Elizabeth Banks in Comedy 'Walk of Shame'
After wowing audiences with her bizarre outfits and insane makeup in the supporting part of Effie in The Hunger Games earlier this year, Elizabeth Banks is stepping into a lead role in a new comedy called Walk of Shame from Little Nicky director Steven Brill. ComingSoon has done some digging and they've discovered that James Marsden (The Notebook, Hairspray) has come aboard to star alongside her. Brill, who is famous for writing The Mighty Ducks and the underrated Judd Apatow-produced comedy Heavy Weights, also wrote the script for Walk of Shame. Marsden and Banks in a comedy together? Sure, why not?
For those who need a refresher, Walk of Shame follows an L.A. news anchor (Banks) who loses an audition for her dream job. She soon gets a call from her agent saying that she actually ended up scoring the gig, but it may be too late; thinking she had lost the part, she went out for a hard night of partying, ending up in a stranger's bed with no money, no car, and no memory of the night's events. She has to pull herself together quickly and retrace her steps in time to be on the air by 5pm for that night's broadcast.
There's no word yet on what role Marsden will play (other than a "leading" one), so he could by anything from Banks' agent to the stranger she ends up with or even a co-anchor of some kind. Speculation won't do us much good here, but I'm definitely excited about the pairing of these two former superhero film actors - Marsden was in X-Men and Superman Returns, Banks was in the original Spider-Man trilogy - teaming up in a comedy. Banks has an infectious laugh and great comedic timing, while Marsden has been slowly proving himself in that realm with great performances in Sex Drive and his recent guest spot on "30 Rock" (which also featured Banks for awhile) Here's hoping they work as well together as they have apart.