Christina Applegate in Talks to Join Ed Helms in ‘Vacation’ Reboot

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 23rd, 2013 at 6:17 pm,

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After abruptly leaving the low-rated NBC sitcom Up All Night mid-season last month, Christina Applegate has had plenty of time to actively seek out more interesting film roles in recent weeks. And it certainly looks like the talented actress has kept busy during her off-time, as she has already been confirmed to be reprising her role as the headstrong, ambitious female counterpart to Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, in the highly-anticipated Anchorman 2.

This week, we are learning that Applegate is also in talks to join the cast of another project that has been in the works for several years – the Vacation reboot.

Yahoo! Movies is reporting that Applegate is close to inking a deal that would have her play Rusty Griswold’s long-suffering wife, who is rethinking her marriage into the zany Griswold family, in the film which will center on the grown-up Rusty (son of Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold in the original) and his family’s misadventures. Ed Helms is confirmed to play the older version of Rusty, who was portrayed by four different actors in the original series, including Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) in Christmas Vacation and Anthony Michael Hall (The Breakfast Club) in the original Vacation.

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein – the writing duo responsible for the 2011 surprise hit Horrible Bosses and the less magical The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (read our review) - have been developing the Vacation reboot for a couple of years now, but are finally starting to see it take shape with the recent casting moves. The additions of Helms and Applegate (if and when she commits) will certainly help Daley and Goldstein – who will make their directorial debut with the film – accomplish what they set out to originally, which was advance the story, rather than remake it, and further develop underwritten characters from the originals, like Rusty.

Vacation Christina Applegate in Talks to Join Ed Helms in Vacation Reboot

Cast of the original ‘Vacation’

Cast of the original ‘Vacation’

So far, it seems like the filmmakers are making good decisions, but fans of the originals will undoubtedly be skeptical as to how the reboot will turn out. Although they say they are attempting to advance the story rather than retell it, based on what we’ve heard so far, it seems like the reboot will take exactly the same approach to the humor, only with a new generation of bumbling Griswolds, who will most likely make the same mistakes their parents did on prior family vacations.

The least they could do is convince Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo to reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold for a fun cameo. There is no confirmation that will happen, but considering Chase – like Applegate – left his TV sitcom gig on Community before the completion of the season, he’ll probably have some extra time on his hands.

The Vacation reboot is expected to begin production in July. As always, we’ll pass along more updates as they come in.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. It could be fun. I’m glad they’re being more realistic about continuing the family story rather than completely re-casting the original roles. I’d give it a chance. I guess I have a soft spot for the originals. The follow-ups were okay. Christmas one being the best.

    Doubt Applegate will show her ta-ta’s like Beverly D’Angelo did.

  2. How’s it a reboot if they’re continuing the story from previous movies? Wouldn’t that just be another sequel?

    • Because it restarts the franchise, the core definition of the term reboot. Just because it changes the focus of the franchise somewhat doesn’t change that…

      • a reboot can still technically be a sequel…

  3. If Chevy’s in, I’m in.

    • Second! But I would get Michael Anthony Hall back as the son!

  4. Sorry, I love Ed Helms but I can’t see lil Rusty growing up to be him. It’d be keen if Juliette Lewis showed up as Audrey again though. Maybe cameos from Clark and Ellen? Oh and the definition of reboot is: to restart. Not a continuation, so if it’s being sold as a reboot Ed Helms should be playing Clark.

  5. This has “direct to dvd” written all over it.

  6. The rest of the Vacation movies were not that great at all, but I really really really loved Christmas Vacation! That was one of the funniest movies ever!~ My wife swore that everything the Sparky character did was just like me, and when he cut the newel-post off the banister with the chain-saw, she actually flew off the couch, dropped her jaw, pointed at the TV, and said, “That is EXACTLY how you fix things!”. Love it! I don’t think a sequel could equal it, but if they try one, I will definitely give it a watch!
    For the record, the only other comedy movies able to fully share a stable with Christmas Vacation are Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Caddyshack, and the original first Revenge of the Nerds. Those are my “Big Four”!!

  7. By the way, Ms. Applegate can run away with me forever if she wants!

  8. Veronica Corningstone*

  9. I would rather Jason Sudekis play Rusty and have Charlie Day play Cousin Eddie’s son.

  10. They got Chase and D’Angelo for those Old Navy commercials last Christmas, so why not for this, an actual paycheck rather than a payment of department store gift cards and all you take home leftovers from the sandwich table.
    And while I would love to see Helms as an older Rusty I can also totally see him as Clark…this one is a toss up for me.