Ed Helms In Negotiations To Star In ‘Vacation’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 19th, 2013 at 12:19 pm,

It looks like Ed Helms is going on a vacation. The Hangover star is in negotiations to take the role of Rusty Griswold in New Line’s sequel/reboot of the Vacation franchise.

The Vacation series started in 1983 with National Lampoon’s Vacation, which was based on John Hughes’ autobiographical story, Vacation 58. The Harold Ramis film starred Chevy Chase as the hapless Clark Griswold, who attempted to take his family across America to the Wally World theme park – however, things failed to go as planned.

Vacation was a huge success, grossing $61 million at the domestic box office. The 1985 sequel, European Vacation saw (as the title suggests) the family go to Europe. That film grossed $49 million domestically and the third (and highest-grossing) instalment, a Christmas-themed effort, banked $71 million in 1989. The series ended in 1997 with the lackluster Vegas Vacation, which grossed a disappointing $36 million. This new adventure will focus on Clark’s grown-up son as he attempts to take his family on Vacation (apparently returning to Wally World).

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Each film in the series is notable for having different actors play the Griswold offspring, Rusty and Audrey – a theme that this new film seems to be riffing on. It is expected (although, there is no confirmation) that Chevy Chase will return to the role of Clark Griswold, and that Beverly D’Angelo will again reprise her role of his long-suffering wife, Ellen. However, Chase has let it be known that he always wanted to take Clark out on the road one last time for a Vacation film which he developed with D’Angelo. That now looks unlikely.

Helms is a decent choice for the role, however it will be difficult to replace Chevy Chase in the lead. The Clark Griswold series is Chase’s signature role (along with Fletch), and I would hate to see the Community actor appear alongside D’Angelo in a mere cameo, before Helms revs-up the station wagon to take the family on the road. Now, I would be willing to go on Vacation if Rusty decides to take his parents along for the ride. Time will tell.

David Dobkin will produce Vacation, with both John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) handling double duty as writer and director. The film is expected to start shooting next spring once Helms completes work on The Office and The Hangover 3.

Keep reading Screen Rant for details on Vacation.

Source: Variety


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  1. If it were anybody else… Dang it!! Ed Helms is GREAT!!! I hope Chevy Chase gets a larger part than cameo, but with Helms as the lead… It could actually work… I mean… He did sort of successfully fill the part left vacant by Michael Scott on the Office. -That says a lot right there! But still… A Vacation without Clark Griswold is not a vacation I look forward to taking.

  2. (I think it would also be funny if the previous incarnations of Rusty were to make cameo appearances)

  3. Sounds interesting but I also agree that Chase should get something more than a cameo. I like the idea of this time having Rusty run the show while taking his family and parents along for the ride. I think if they did something like that it could again be a success

    • I agree, put them all in an R.V. and let the shenanigans begin.

  4. I think the closest we’ll get to another Vacation movie with Chevy Chase as the lead was that commercial they made a few years ago.

    Our family has a tradition every Thanksgiving that we watch Christmas Vacation to start off the Christmas spirit. So while I’m excited to see another Vacation movie, I’m a little disappointed that it’s not going to be Chase and D’Angelo.

  5. I think I’ll take a vacation from remakes.

  6. This could work. I’d rather see it with Anthony Michael Hall returning as Rusty, and Chevy as a supporting actor and not just a cameo.

    • What about Johnny Galecki from the Big Bang Theory? Either of the two would work for me. I agree, Chevy needs to be along for the whole trip.

  7. Ever since I heard news about this I thought Ed Helms or Jason Sudeikis should play Rusty. Now if they had Charlie Day play cousin Eddie’s son, that would be something.

  8. Every other movie has been great so it’s due for a hit. Christmas Vacation is my favorite comedy of all time with Animal House and Old School right up there.

  9. this would work just make sure Chevy is in it for more than a cameo. I hate the idea of it being called a reboot. but if Chevy chase is not in it, then it should not be made.

  10. They really should have Chevy in it for the whole movie. I could see it working with Rusty trying to be the father that Clark was and Clark just gets in the way and messes up plans even more. If Chevy brought in some of his Community craziness it would be excellent.