Michael Douglas Ready to Host Crazy Bachelor Party in 'Last Vegas'
After he finishes Steven Soderbergh's long-discussed Liberace biopic, Michael Douglas had a couple of options on his plate. He was being considered as a backup to Jeff Bridges in a raunchy comedy called Dirty Grandpa, but it looks like Douglas has stepped into another lead role of his own. Variety says Douglas has joined Jon Turteltaub's upcoming comedy Last Vegas, which is clearly hoping to benefit from the success of The Hangover franchise, but for the older crowd. Douglas will play an old ladies man who calls three childhood friends together for a wild bachelor party in Vegas before he settles down with a girl half his age.
The script for Last Vegas was written by prolific screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love), and production starts this September. Turteltaub has made some really memorable movies in his career (Cool Runnings!), but he's most commonly associated with the National Treasure franchise. We'll see if this is the project that can move him on to bigger and better things. It's fitting that Douglas is the one to play a part where he marries a younger woman, because his real-life wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, is 25 years younger than he is. It's also fitting he'll play a rouge ladies man, because aside from his many on-screen rascals he's played over the years, he's apparently like that in real life, too. Zeta-Jones said that Douglas used the line, "I want to father your children" when he first met her back in the late nineties. What a badass!