Black, Dillon & More Joining Matthew Weiner's 'You Are Here'
by Ethan Anderton
October 25, 2010
Last year we heard the feature directorial debut of "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner was being delayed due to production on season four of the hit AMC series causing problems with the timetable for the film. But it looks like this project is finally coming together again as Pajiba reports Jack Black, Matt Dillon and Renee Zellweger are now attached to the romantic comedy You Are Here. Additionally, an offer is out to Rachel McAdams for a role as well. Though the new cast doesn't pack as much punch as the previously attached Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Jennifer Aniston, I'm sure Weiner is just happy to finally make the flick.
The story is said to follow two roommates in their 30s, preoccupied with dodging the responsibilities and rigors of adult life. However, the sudden death of one of the roommates' fathers makes his unstable son the new owner of a general store, a country home and millions of dollars worth of Amish farmland. Black is supposed to play the bumbling, pothead heir and Dillon will presumably play his roommate described as a skirt-chasing weatherman, who drinks, smokes pot, and objectifies women. McAdams role would be that of the father's widow, a younger bohemian type with which both roommates begin to fall in love. Meanwhile, Zellwegger would play the uptight sister who is pissed that all the land and the store were left to her incompetent brother.
Keep in mind that the talent now taking over these roles could just as easily fall out again just as with the last round of casting. It's still not clear how soon this project might get off the ground, but when the project was delayed back in 2009, it seemed like 2011 would be a good time for production to star. Once again, as a "Mad Men" fan, I'm quite excited to see how Weiner's talents transfer to the big screen, especially outside of the dark, dramatic tones of the period drama series. Hopefully Weiner can find time to shoot You Are Here before production on the fifth season of the popular series begins. Interested?
He seems like the type of writer that can make any story worth watching, in terms of solidifying a theme and creating interesting characters. There are two things though that I'm interested in seeing from him. First is to see how well he'll set up the characters in the movie, because at this point in Mad Men we know the characters so well over 4 seasons. The other thing is his directing talent. Mad Men has a certain way it can be directed and there's not much room for experimentation on the show, so I'm interested in seeing what kind of director he might be.
samir on Oct 25, 2010
read this script. Hated it. Matthew Weiner isn't much of a comedy writer.
be on Oct 25, 2010
ethan, i'll take jack black and matt dillon over those other people ANY day. i don't know how this will turn out, but (as of right now) i'm interested.
beavis on Oct 25, 2010
#3 Just took the words right out of my mouth. Any movie without Aniston and Galifianakis, is automatically higher quality.
Caitie on Oct 25, 2010
#4 - you and me are going to get along just FINE!
beavis on Oct 25, 2010
I hear such praise about Mad Men, but what the hell is it about? A bunch of guys sitting around an office during the day drinking scotch does not sound like riveting entertainment.
peloquin on Oct 25, 2010
Wait. His last name is really Weiner? Why would he not change it right away...
Ryan on Oct 26, 2010
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