Lizzy Caplan Takes a Lead in 'The Interview' with Rogen & Franco
Following their success as debut directors with This is The End (a $100 million box office hit), writing partners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are back pulling double duty as the writers and directors of a new Sony comedy called The Interview. We first heard about this project when James Franco was also attached to star in the story of a handsome talk show host (Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who find themselves in way over their heads when they get involved in a plot to assassinate the leader of North Korea. Now Variety reports Mean Girls and "Party Down" star Lizzy Caplan is taking the female lead in the film.
This is a modestly budgeted comedy coming in at around $30 million, and it also has a story that Rogen and Goldberg wrote with "The Daily Show" scriber Dan Sterling, so this sounds like a home run all around. Coming off the Academy Award success of Argo, this should serve as a lampoon of sorts if Rogen and Franco end up being the ones tasked with assassinating the prime minister of North Korea, under the guise of this interview. Rogen and Goldberg have found quite a comfortable home at Sony; they have their R-rated animated flick Sausage Party in the works as well. Meanwhile, Caplan is enjoying saucy success on Showtime's new series "Masters of Sex," and she's a welcome addition to any project.