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.
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