Matthew Weiner’s YOU ARE HERE adds Jack Black, Renee Zellweger, and Matt Dillon

Andrew Johnson

by: Andrew Johnson
October 25th, 2010

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner

There hasn't been much news lately about the film debut of Matthew Weiner, who is best known for creating a little show on AMC called Mad Men. In case you haven't heard, it's kind of a big deal. With the fourth season finale airing a week ago, it looks like Weiner is back to focusing on the big screen, and the gears are turning on his feature directorial debut You Are Here. Last we knew, the film was set to star Zach Galifianakis, Jennifer Aniston and Bradley Cooper and had faced scheduling delays.  

According to Pajiba, that's no longer the case, and production will commence with a new cast.

Now it appears as though Matt Dillon, Renee Zellweger, and Jack Black are attached to the project, with Rachel McAdams also potentially on board. The plot is said to follow "two roommates in their 30s, preoccupied with dodging the responsibilities and rigors of adult life. That is, until the sudden death of one of the men’s fathers, which makes his unstable son the new owner of a general store, a country home and millions of dollars worth of Amish farmland."

Black is set to play the heir in question, an unemployed pothead (not exactly a reach for him), while Zellweger would portray his envious sister. There's no word yet on who Dillon will be, though I'd love to see him as the roommate, described as a "skirt-chasing weatherman." The role potentially going to McAdams is that of the father's widow, who becomes a love interest for both protagonists.

Filming could begin early next year, assuming further scheduling conflicts don't lead to more delays. What do you think? This sounds like a completely different type of project than Mad Men, and it will be interesting to see if Weiner can pull off what sounds like a broad romantic comedy. If the script is as well-written as an average episode of Mad Men, however, it could be something really special. No matter what, we can probably count on the costume design and depiction of Amish culture being impeccably accurate.

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