In a bit of casting news that’s surprising (though not entirely out of left field), Chris Rock has joined the cast of Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York, the sequel to 2007’s 2 Days in Paris. Delpy wrote, directed, and starred in the first film, which saw her on vacation with her American boyfriend in France. Delpy stated that her follow-up is about “the difficulty of relationships, but also about the main character’s evolution in general.” Details are scarce in the Production Weekly tweet that broke the news, though TheWrap speculates that Rock may play Delpy’s new lover in the sequel. Production is set to begin this October with hopes of landing a spot in Cannes 2011.
The most recent phase of Rock’s career has revealed the funnyman to be a disciple of world cinema. Both Death at a Funeral and I Think I Love My Wife were inspired by foreign comedies, with a remake of the French Le premiere toile in the works. He’s even penning the script for the Mike Nichol take on Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low. Hit the jump for the official synopsis of 2 Days in Paris.
New York couple, French photographer Marion and American interior designer Jack, attempt to re-infuse their relationship with romance on a European vacation. Their week in Venice didn’t work out as planned–the food didn’t agree with Jack and, when he was well enough to go out, he was so focused on capturing the trip with his digital camera that he forgot to experience it. They have higher hopes for their last two days in Paris.
But the combination of Marion’s offbeat and overbearing non-English speaking parents and flirtatious ex-boyfriends, with Jack’s continuing photography obsession and conviction that French condoms are too small, don’t make for an auspicious beginning. Will they be able to salvage their relationship? Will they ever have sex again? Or will they merely manage to perfect the art of arguing?