Chris O'Dowd in Talks for 'St. Vincent De Van Nuys' with Bill Murray
by Ben Pearson
March 22, 2013
Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd hasn't exactly blown up since the success of that 2011 movie, but he's been steadily working ever since. You may have seen him on HBO's "Girls" or in Judd Apatow's This is 40, but the actor's next film could be a career highlight. Deadline reports that O'Dowd is in early talks to join the upcoming comedy St. Vincent De Van Nuys, starring Melissa McCarthy as a hard-working single mother who takes the risk of leaving her 12-year-old son in the care of a drinking, womanizing, gambler played by Bill Murray. This would be a pretty cool Bridesmaids and This is 40 reunion between O'Dowd and McCarthy, since they both starred in but never appeared together in either of the comedies. More below!
If the deal ends up going through, O'Dowd would play a sympathetic Catholic priest who is shocked at the bad influence Murray has on McCarthy's son. The screenplay, by writer Ted Melfi, ended up on The Blacklist recently, and is being compared to Silver Linings Playbook and As Good As It Gets. Melfi will make his directorial debut on the $13 million movie in July. O'Dowd is also toplining The Sapphires, an Aussie comedy opening in the States today that follows an all-female singing group in the 1960s. Plus, he's teaming with Nick Frost for a dancing film called Cuban Fury later this year, so fans should be pleased.