Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake are cast mates in Bad Teacher, which started shooting recently. Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard) is directing and the script was penned by collaborators Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (who helped write the upcoming Ghosbusters III).
However, the hype will surely focus on the reunion of former off-screen couple Timberlake and Diaz - even if it that reunion is strictly professional.
The film follows a seventh-grade teacher (Diaz) who's apparently terrible at her job and looking for a wealthy man (played by a nerdy-looking Timberlake) to take her away from it all. For more about the film, here's what Kasdan had to say:
“[Diaz's character is] usually hungover when she gets to school... She’s kind of foul mouthed. And she’s completely fixated on trying to afford breast augmentation surgery, and very open about it. She believes it will help her find the right man who will take care of her for the rest of her life...[In comes J-Tim, a substitute teacher] who happens to be the heir to a watch-making company... She thinks he seems like a good target.”
Regarding the working relationship of the two stars, Kasdan went on to say:
“They obviously know each other really well.. They’re good friends, and they’re both incredibly funny people… They have a shared sense of humor. It’s easy for them to be funny together. You know where the jokes are.”
So there you have it. All's well in famous-ville. Bad Teacher also features Jason Segel (Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as a gym teacher who longs for Diaz.
In the interest of full disclosure, I was one of the millions who was thoroughly charmed by Diaz in There's Something About Mary and I can't remember seeing a performance of hers yet that didn't have its moments of appeal. J-Tim I could take or leave, but many folks would disagree with me on that. Between the popularity of each star and their previous romance, this film could do well at the box office.
Bad Teacher will be released in 2011.
Source: Entertainment Weekly