Lizzy Caplan and Jillian Bell Join Seth Rogen Christmas Comedy; Matthew Rhys Set Opposite Bradley Cooper in Chef Film

     August 8, 2014

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We’ve got casting for two untitled films to report on this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan and 22 Jump Street scene-stealer Jillian Bell have joined the cast of the untitled Christmas comedy starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • The Americans star Matthew Rhys will play the antagonist opposite Bradley Cooper in the untitled chef movie.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

lizzy-caplan-seth-rogen-christmas-comedyTHR reports that Lizzy Caplan has joined the cast of director Jonathan Levine’s Untitled Christmas Eve Movie, while Deadline reports that Jillian Bell has also been added to the mix.  The film stars Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie as three childhood friends who reunite in New York City for their annual tradition of going out on Christmas Eve.  The pic reunites Rogen and Gordon-Levitt with their 50/50 director Levine, and Caplan plays the female lead opposite Rogen and James Franco in the upcoming comedy The Interview.

In this untitled Christmas comedy, Caplan will play the love interest to Gordon-Levitt’s character, while Bell will play the wife of Rogen’s character who gives the friends “a cornucopia of drugs” in order to aid their Christmas Eve celebration.  Bell, who has been a staple on the Comedy Central series Workaholics, broke out in a big way in this summer’s 22 Jump Street.  The Christmas film starts production next week in New York City.

Additionally, Deadline reports that the impeccably talented Matthew Rhys has signed on to star opposite Bradley Cooper in director John Wells’ (August: Osage County) untitled culinary project.  Previously titled Chef, the film revolves around a two Michelin Star chef in Paris “whose ability to create explosions of taste is undermined by his badboy rants and diva behavior that destroy his career.”  The role harkens back to Cooper’s lead turn on the shortlived Fox TV series Kitchen Confidential.   Rhys will play a character who stands in the way of Cooper’s comeback.  Scripted by Steven Knight (Locke), the Weinstein Company film also stars Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Daniel Bruhl, Riccardo Scarmacio, Emma Thompson, Lily James, Omar Sy, Jamie Dornan, Sam Keeley, Sarah Greene, and Alicia Vikander.

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