Chris Parnell, Jim Piddock, and Mindy Kaling join cast of FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT
FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT is a project that just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. The film is being produced by the ever-so-popular Judd Apatow, and will see him reteaming with Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, who co-wrote the screenplay for the film, with Stoller directing. The three have previously worked together on FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, and Stoller also directed GET HIM TO THE GREEK.
The film is about a couple, set to be played by Segel and Emily Blunt, and the trials of their long engagement. Segel said that their goal is to make the feel of the romantic comedy something similar to ANNIE HALL or WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. Those are pretty big shoes to fill, but I think if anybody could do it, Segel would be the man.
The casting news for FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT only makes the project more exciting. Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Chriss Pratt, David Paymer, Lauren Weedman, and Kevin Hart have already been attached to the film. We recently reported that Alison Brie and Jacki Weaver have joined the cast for the film as well. Variety has reported that Mindy Kaling, best known for her acting, directing, and writing for The Office, has joined the cast. Kaling will be playing a grad student under Ifan's character, who is a professor. Judd Apatow let the Twitterverse know that Chris Parnell, veteran SNL actor and legendary 30 Rock doctor, Dr. Leo Spaceman, was cast in the film as well. No word on what Parnell's role is yet, though.
Lastly, Australian site Moviehole, has reported that Jim Piddock will be cast as Emily Blunt and Alison Brie's father in the film. The site also found out that Jacki Weaver will be playing the girls' mother and Piddock's ex-wife.
According to The Playlist, principal photography on the film began yesterday. The film will be released in theaters sometime in 2012.
Major picture credit props to The Playlist.