Jennifer Aniston Joins the Comedic Cast of 'She's Funny That Way'
Director Peter Bogdanovich hasn't had a feature film released in theaters since 2001, but that's about to change. The 73-year-old filmmaker behind classics like Paper Moon and The Last Picture Show, has a new project in the works, a comedy formerly known as Squirrel to the Nuts (or Squirrels to Nuts) that's now being called She's Funny That Way. Indie stalwarts Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach are producing, and we already knew that Owen Wilson had joined the cast, but now we're getting word that he'll reunite with his Marley and Me co-star Jennifer Aniston here, as THR reports that the actress has just signed on.
The story follows a married Broadway director (Wilson) who solicits a hooker-turned-actress (Brie Larson) and helps her with her career. Aniston is replacing Olivia Wilde as a therapist whose alcoholic mother is in rehab, with a private detective somehow involved and all of these subplots presumably coming together in comedic fashion. Sounds like a lot of fun. Cybil Shepherd, Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn, and Jason Schwartzman are also starring (I'd peg Schwartzman as playing the private eye), so Aniston will be in good company when it comes to comedy veterans in the cast.
The former "Friends" actress has had a solid past few years at the box office, starring in movies like Just Go With It, Horrible Bosses, and Wanderlust (and she has another comedy, We're the Millers, on the way), but we're hoping Bogdanovich can coax an even better performance out of her here. If she can hold her own against this great cast, she could continue to prove herself as a real player in the comedy world. Cool?