Ed Helms in Talks to Star as Rusty Griswold in VACATION

     July 11, 2012


It looks as if Ed Helms will be playing Rusty Griswold in New Line’s Vacation after all.  Rumors swirled earlier this year that Helms would be taking on the lead role in the continuation of the Vacation franchise, but when Steve asked him back in March if he was involved with the film he said he hadn’t had any conversations about the film.  Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein signed on to direct their own script back in February, and now Helms has officially entered negotiations to star.  Hit the jump for more.

vacation-ed-helmsThough he denied having any conversations about joining Vacation back in March, when Steve told Helms he’d make a perfect fit to head up the Griswold family, he responded thusly:

“Well it could be, I suppose. I understand that project is afloat, but I don’t know where I fit into that right now.”

Variety now reports that Helms is in talks to star as Rusty Griswold, as the story finds him handling the misadventures of a family of his own.  Producer David Dobkin told Steve that this Vacation isn’t an entire reboot of the series, it’s just Rusty’s story.  If Helms’ deal closes, the plan is to start production early next year after the actor wraps The Hangover Part III and the upcoming season of The Office.  In the meantime, New Line would like Daley and Goldstein to cut the script down a bit in order to lower the budget.

As Steve said earlier, Helms seems like the perfect choice to head up the new Vacation.  It’ll be interesting to see what actors they surround him with to fill out the cast, but Daley and Goldstein are on a roll following Horrible Bosses.  They’re working on Horrible Bosses sequel, scripted the magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, and they wrote the upcoming Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers.

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  • Mr.Rich316

    If he nails Cristie Brinkley, I’m in.

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  • Sugreev2001

    What the HELL !? Anthony Michael Hall should play Rusty,since he’s still in the business.There are tons of people like me who grew up with the movie,and undoubtedly agree with me.How about Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo playing the Randy Quaid-like relatives this time around.I don’t mean broke,but the nutty relatives on the way to a vacation.

    • RunnerX13

      Um, I don’t. Rusty was portrayed by a different actor in all four of the Vacation movies, so why not the fifth? Helms is funny, it’s a no-brainier.

      • Sugreev2001

        Because Anthony Michael Hall is still around,and he can act.Sure,I’m a big fan of Ed Helms too,but somehow AMH makes a lotta sense.

    • RunnerX13

      I’m not seeing the connection. Anthony Michael Hall decline the role for European Vacation nobody seemed to worry about that. Who’s to say he would even want to do this role now?. Hall is not known much for comedy, certainly not in a leading role capacity.

  • Cousin Eddie

    This is the gift that keeps on giving throughout the whole year.

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  • Max

    I don’t know. Ed Helms is great at what he does, though I’m not sure that he’s the best choice for Rusty. True that Anthony Michael Hall is still around and would be my personal choice, since his Rusty is usually considered by fans to be the definitive portrayal.

    Plus, if this is a true sequel, both Chase and D’Angelo should return as cameos.

  • Kemmings

    Why the hell would they cast Anthony Michael Hall? When was the last time he a) Had a comedic role and b) Headlined a movie? Ed Helms is perfect casting for this project, IMO.