Columbia Pictures has released a red band trailer for Bad Teacher and — oh, my! I’m sure I’ve seen red band trailers with more debauchery, but this one packed a punch. As the titular bad teacher, Cameron Diaz whips through the comedy like a tornado, and the supporting cast — including Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, Phyllis Smith, and Lucy Punch — appears content as both sounding board and target for her cynical destruction. There is a wisp of plot, in which Diaz ups her game to win a teaching bonus so that she can afford the breast implants that would apparently appeal to Timberlake. But no, this is primarily Diaz cashing in on her sweetheart reputation in the filthiest way she can think of. We can only hope Bad Teacher finally gives director Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard, Freaks and Geeks) the monster hit he deserves.
So hide the kids from Princess Fiona’s dirty, dirty mouth, and watch the trailer after the break.
Megan Fox has joined the ensemble comedy Friends with Kids. Written, produced, and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein), the film “revolves around a pair of thirtysomething best friends who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people.” Adam Scott and Westfeldt will play the lead couple, Jon Hamm (who will also produce) and Kristen Wiig will play another couple. The third couple has yet to be cast. According to THR, “Fox will play a girl who Scott begins to date.” Mike Nichols and Jake Kasdan are executive producing. The film is due out in April.
Cameron Diaz’s Bad Teacher has found the apple of her character” scheming eye as Justin Timberlake has been cast in the lead male role. Directed by Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), Bad Teacher centers on a “foul-mouthed, gold-digging seventh-grade teacher who, after being dumped by her boyfriend, sets her sights on a colleague (Lucy Punch) who is dating a substitute teacher, who also is the scion of a watch fortune.” According to Sony Pictures’ press release Timberlake is the watch fortune scion (which is one of the under-utilized jobs in many role-playing games).
Along with Timberlake Molly Shannon and Eric Stonestreet (who plays Cameron Tucker on the hilarious Modern Family) are also joining the cast, which also includes (as we reported last month) Jason Segel as the school’s gym teacher and John Michael Higgins as the principal.
Filming begins this month in Los Angeles. Hit the jump for the full press release.
The very funny Jason Segel and John Michael Higgins are in negotiations to star alongside Cameron Diaz in the raunchy comedy Bad Teacher. The film, “centers on a foulmouthed, gold-digging middle-school teacher who, after getting dumped by her boyfriend, competes with a colleague for the affections of the school’s model teacher.”
Surprisingly, Jason Segel will not play the model teacher despite the actor’s affability. Instead, THR reports that he’ll play the school’s gym teacher, a role where he’ll most likely still be hilarious. In a less surprising turn, Higgins will play the school’s principal, “Wally Snur.” I would like to take this moment to note that Higgins is one of the funniest actors in Hollywood. Even in terrible movies he manages to get at least one or two laughs.
Writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (Year One) penned the script with Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) directing. Filming is set to begin next month in Los Angeles.
It looks like Cameron Diaz is going back to school and will be giving 13-year-old boys erections. Variety reports that the actress will star in the raunchy comedy Bad Teacher, which “centers on a foulmouthed, gold-digging middle-school teacher who, after getting dumped by her boyfriend, competes with a colleague for the affections of the school’s model teacher.” The script is by The Office (US) writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky with the talented Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) at the helm.
Bad Teacher is set to begin shooting in the spring. Diaz has been keeping busy with roles in Shrek Forever After, James Mangold’s Knight & Day with Tom Cruise, and Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet with Seth Rogen and Jay Chou.