Casey Wilson attached to star in 'Bachelorette' comedyApr 1, 2015
Lizzy Caplan and Casey Wilson also attached to star in indie project for Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Prods.
Lizzy Caplan, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Scott and Casey Wilson are attached to star in an indie comedy being produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay via their Gary Sanchez productions.
Leslye Headland wrote the script, which has a working title of Bachelorette (that will likely be changed), and is directing.
The story follows three best friends (two of whom would be played by Caplan and Dunst) who are invited to act as bridesmaids at the wedding of a girl they called "Pigface" in high school. The producers are still in the process of casting the third best friend.
Caplan's character is described as having a Playboy Bunny body with a Larry David brain. Dunst's character appearance is described as crisp and severe, and she is referred to as your best friend and your worst enemy.
Wilson, one of the stars of ABC's Happy Endings, is playing the bride, who has big plans for three women. Scott, who starred with Caplan on the dearly departed comedy Party Down, will play Caplan's high school crush, who shows up at the wedding with a beautiful and much younger date.
The project, with a budget only in the $3 million range, is in the process of lining up its financing. Depending on scheduling, producers are hoping to shoot this summer in New York.
The movie would be the feature directorial debut of Headland, repped by CAA and Caliber. Headland was at one point an assistant to Harvey Weinstein before becoming a staff writer on the FX show Terriers.
The project began life as a play titled Bachelorette, which was an off-Broadway hit last summer, where it caught the attention of execs from Gary Sanchez.
Caplan is repped by CAA, while Dunst is with UTA and Management 360.
Scott is repped by CAA and Untitled while Wilson is repped by UTA and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment.
Adam Pally featured in New York PostApr 1, 2015
You Must Know: Adam Pally
If his wardrobe wasn't a dead giveaway, Max isn't your typical television gay. But that's exactly what drew actor Adam Pally to his Happy Endings character. 'I wasn't interested in playing 'a gay guy,'' he tells PopWrap. 'What I liked is that Max was written just like everyone else on the show, he just happened to be a guy who likes guys.'
This very modern approach to sexuality is just one of the ways the ABC comedy has separated itself from the laugh pack since debuting in April. It has also discovered a way to reinvigorate the Friends formula -- a task partially accomplished by casting deft improvisors in a majority of the roles.
Adam, a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade, says, 'improvisation is really encouraged and so much of the credit for that goes to our writers. They aren't so precious that we have to hit every word in the script. They let us have fun and I think that really comes across on screen.'
Working on Happy Endings also introduced him to Wonder Years star Fred Savage (who has directed some of the episodes), which led to an amazing Funny Or Die video where Adam interrogates Fred while driving around Los Angeles. 'He's one of the funniest people I know and that idea came from just wanting to know how much tail he got back in the day.' The video quickly went viral and spawned an upcoming sequel starring Colin Hanks that promises to exploit his Hollywood heritage.
As for Happy Endings, while it has yet to receive a season two pickup, Adam remains optimistic, grateful and -- above all else -- proud of the show. 'I think every episode gets funnier, punchier and smarter,' he says, citing tonight's episode as an example, where Max introduces the term 'Gay-cist.'
'I have a lot of gay friends who complain that everyone wants to set them up and when they ask why, they always hear, 'because you're both gay.' As if that was all it takes,' he laughs. 'So, to everyone who is doing that, you're Gay-cist. Sorry.'
Happy Endings airs Wednesdays at 10pm on ABC
Casey Wilson featured in Entertainment WeeklyApr 1, 2015
To say that Casey Wilson didn't get much time to shine on Saturday Night Live would be something of an understatement, as she - and Michaela "Biiiitch Pleeeeaze" Watkins - got the boot in 2009, after just two seasons. While Wilson's characters weren't exactly standouts (Dusty Velvet definitely wasn't getting her own Christmas special anytime soon), she still had a good comedic presence on-screen and her impressions, particularly the one of Rachael Ray, should have kept her on much longer.
Alas, the funny lady is getting her happy ending in primetime, no less on a show called Happy Endings. Yes, it's a 20-and-30-somethings exploring the complexities of love and life sitcom (which has been done to death), but as far as new shows go, this one deserves to go well past the one-year mark.
If it does get picked up, it will be thanks largely in part to Wilson. While Adam Pally is the clear MVP on the show as Max, the gay friend who's also a bit of bro, Wilson is the funniest female. Her single gal Penny is less shrill than Eliza Coupe's Jane and far livelier than Elisha Cuthbert's Alex.
There's no question the writers are going to torture Penny with bad dates (a guy with the last name Hitler!) and boyfriends gone awry (drunken language barriers!) for quite some time, but that's only because watching Wilson endure them is so much fun. Penny is no sad sack, though. Despite her semi-tragic love life, she can still hang with the guys, party with the girls, and if absolutely necessary, be your beard.
But Happy Endings isn't the only place Wilson is showing off her comedic chops. She also has a reported movie gig in place alongside Lizzy Caplan and Adam Scott for the Adam McKay and Will Ferrell-produced Bachelorette (though producers for the feature say nothing is set in stone). Come to think of it, between this and Happy Endings, Wilson isn't having the last laugh, she's actually just getting started.