Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Dave Franco Join Seth Rogen in TOWNIES; Chris O’Dowd in Talks for ST. VINCENT DE VAN NUYS

     March 22, 2013

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Three breakout comedy stars have added new projects to their rosters:

  • Dave Franco (21 Jump Street) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad) were just added to the impressive cast of Townies, also featuring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and possibly Rose Byrne.  The comedy will be directed by Nicholas Stoller (The Five-Year Engagement).
  • Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) is in talks to join Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray in Ted Melfi’s St. Vincent De Van Nuys  After impressive turns with Girls and This is 40, this would see him re-teaming with his Bridesmaids costar McCarthy.

Hit the jump for more on each casting.

dave-franco-christopher-mintz-plasse-towniesAfter mastering their chemistry together for a series of Funny Or Die videos, Franco and Mintz-Plasse are now tackling the big screen together.  Deadline reports that Townies will see Rogen as a man who can’t stand living near a college fraternity.  Efron will play the frat president, and Franco is confirmed to play his friend and the frat’s VP.  Mintz-Plasse will more than likely factor into the fraternity somehow, but his role has yet to be confirmed.  While the premise doesn’t sound entirely unique, the cast is shaping to be a solid assemblage of great up-and-comers in comedy.  Franco has Now You See Me with Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson coming out in May, and Mintz-Plasse will be reprising his role as Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s nemesis in Kick-Ass 2 due out in August.

O’Dowd, who has his Christopher Guest venture Family Tree coming to HBO soon, is in early talks to join the cast of St. Vincent De Van Nuys with Melfi as the writer and director.  O’Dowd would be playing a priest that is shocked with how well the 12-year-old main character and Murray’s character get along, seeing as how the boy’s single mother (McCarthy) pushed caring for the child on Murray’s character.  Sources via Deadlinesay that the film will mix comedy and human pathos, similar to last year’s very successful Silver Linings Playbook.  With the mix of Murray’s old school comedy cred and the very impressive talents that McCarthy and O’Dowd have been showing, I could definitely see a compelling comedy coming forming with these three.

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