Octavia Spencer Joining Leslie Mann for New Comedy 'Las Madres'

May 9, 2014
Source: Variety

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Earlier this week, we learned that Leslie Mann had been set to lead a new comedy at DreamWorks called Las Madres. Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Scouts vs. Zombies) wrote the original script being rewritten by Pam Brady, a producer and writer for "South Park," who also scripted Team America: World Police. The story follows a trio of unemployed friends (presumably all female since the title is Spanish for "The Mothers"), who try beat tough tough times by becoming bounty hunters and chasing a criminal with a big reward for his capture. Now Variety reports that Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is on board. Read on!

This will be Spencer's first straignt-up comedy since winning an Oscar for her supporting role in The Help in 2011. Since then, she's turned in supporting roles in Snowpiercer, Paradise, Fruitvale Station and Smashed, plus a quick turn in the fantasy adventure Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Since winning an Oscar, Spencer has certainly gotten a fair share of more significant and less goofy roles, which is always rewarding for any actor looking for variety in their career. In addition to being seen in Snowpiercer when it finally hits US theaters later this year, she'll also appear in the James Brown biopic and Get on Up. Cool?

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