Reese Witherspoon Grows 'The Beard' for a New Romantic Comedy
Sometimes I think that Reese Witherspoon forgets she's an Academy Award winning actress. The Walk the Line star keeps taking roles in romantic comedies that just aren't up to par. This Means War is the most recent example, and the actress is apparently on board the adaptation of Men Are from Mars, Woman Are from Venus, which sounds like it be about as generic as What to Expect When You're Expecting. Thankfully, she also has a promising turn in The Devil's Knot, the film about The West Memphis 3, in the works, but now a new romantic comedy has caught her eye again in The Beard, which doesn't yet have a director.
THR says project comes from a spec script by Becca Greene, a writer from the MTV animated series "Good Vibes," and while the story details haven't been revealed, we have a good idea of a certain element in the film. In the social world a "beard" is anyone of the opposite sex who is taken to any given event in an effort to give a homosexual person the appearance of being straight. That's likely the kind of role Witherspoon will take, but we'll have to wait to see what kind of shenanigans result from that scenario. Witherspoon will also produced the film with Peter Chernin.
I don't mind Witherspoon taking on projects like this if the script is good, and if the money from these kind of films allows her to take on more compelling roles like her turn in the indie Mud with Matthew McConaughey. However, I can't help but think she would be better served taking on studio dramas or comedies with more high profile writers than doing generic romantic comedies. Witherspoon is the kind of actress I'd like to see paired up with any of the leading men from Judd Apatow's usual suspects like Jason Segel, Seth Rogen or Jonah Hill. Hopefully we'll get that kind of comedy some day.