Actress Abigail Spencer’s onscreen love life was all too complicated during her stint in the third season of Man Men. She’ll avoid being trapped in a similar glass case of emotion (props if you get the reference) in her latest project, McG’s rom-com/action film, This Means War.
Mrs. Spencer is the latest addition to the increasingly star-studded pic, which revolves around a love triangle between two covert agents and the woman that comes between them.
Chances are you haven’t heard of Abigail Spencer before, but the lady has popped up on a variety of TV shows over the years, including AMC’s critical darling Mad Men, Bones, Castle, and even How I Met Your Mother. She recently wrapped up a small role in Cowboys & Aliens and will star in the supernatural pic The Haunting in Georgia, which begins shooting next year. Mrs. Spencer may be far from a household name, but she could be an up-and-comer to keep an eye on.
Heat Vision claims that Spencer will play the ex-wife of Tom Hardy in This Means War. The Inception star plays a government spook and friend to his coworker (Chris Pine) in the film – that is, until both fall in love with a gal played by Reese Witherspoon and battle one another in a quest to win her heart. So it’s kind of like Grumpy Old Men, albeit with younger leading men and espionage thrown in the mix (not a perfect analogy, but you get the gist…).
McG’s last directorial effort was Terminator: Salvation, which boasted some cool F/X and a slick post-apocalyptic landscape, but not much else. The man is arguably better known as the filmmaker behind the Charlie’s Angels movies and This Means War could resemble those pics in feel and design – though hopefully the latter won’t require moviegoers to completely shut their brains down in order to have a good time (that kind of went without saying for the Angels flicks).
Three writers are credited for the This Means War screenplay, including Timothy Dowling (Role Models) and Burr Steers (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days). So the minds behind a Judd Apatow-style raunchfest and a Kate Hudson rom-com are teaming up with a director whose films tend to be either quite serious or extremely goofy… what exactly does that mean for the tone and style of This Means War? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Hardy is a flexible performer with a generally likable screen presence, and This Means War will also boast the talents of on-the-rise comedian Chelsea Handler – so that alone bodes well for the pic.
This Means War is currently filming and will hit theaters in 2011. Will you be checking it out?