Christina Applegate Takes 'Vacation' with Ed Helms in Series Reboot
Just recently, writing team John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (who have The Incredible Burt Wonderstone in theaters now) sat down with us for an interview about their approach to writing/directing the comedy franchise reboot of Vacation, the film series that originated with National Lampoon and followed Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo taking their family on vacations full of mishaps. In case you hadn't heard, Ed Helms is leading the film as the Griswold son Rusty, now all grown up with a family of his own, as he embarks on a trip with his family and now THR reports Christina Applegate will play his wife.
Applegate's character is said to be strong-willed and might be losing interest in Rusty for one reason or another, but that's all we know about the film for now. The story is said to follow Rusty and his Griswold clan taking his family on a trip similar to the one his family took when they were young. Could we be looking at a straight-up remake/reboot where they head to Wallyworld again? That remains to be seen, but as Daley and Goldstein told us, they're hoping Chase and D'Angelo will return for a cameo as the two Griswold grandparents, so maybe they have some sound advice for Rusty.
Applegate is a fine addition to any comedy, and it's good she has even more big screen gigs lining up after the NBC series "Up All Night" went in the toilet by revamping the series format and losing the actress and showrunner earlier this year. The actress has held her own with big dogs like Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (she's shooting the sequel with Harrison Ford now), not to mention delivering great laughs in Going the Distance. In case you didn't know, she's also voices one of the Chipettes in the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequels, but we won't hold that against her. Sound good?