Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann Reprise Their KNOCKED UP Roles for Judd Apatow’s Next Film

     January 6, 2011

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Universal effectively announced this October that the next Judd Apatow film is scheduled for release on June 1, 2012, before any hint of plot or cast.  This cart-before-the-horse unveiling is usually reserved for sequels, rather than a (presumably) R-rated comedy.

It turns out this is no exception.  The untitled project is a sequel of sorts, at least in the Apatovian tradition.  Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd will reprise their roles as the bickering married couple from Knocked Up.  More after the jump:

knocked_up_poster__1_Variety was unable to dig up any plot details, and it’s not clear whether Knocked Up leads Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl or any of the talented supporting cast — including Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Jonah Hill, and Jay Baruchel — will make an appearance.  Perhaps the best predictor is the Apatow-produced Get Him to the Greek, a spinoff of Russell Brand’s character from the Apatow-produced Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  I believe Sarah Marshall herself, Kristin Bell, made a cameo appearance on a TV segment.  Other than that, Greek was light on continuity.

No matter.  I’m a card-carrying member of the Paul Rudd Man Crush cult, and I’m a sucker for Mann’s sharp tongue.  Before now, I was not independently hoping to revisit the world of Knocked Up.  But I trust this will be its own entity.  (Read: No Heigl!)  I don’t believe this is the motivation behind the quasi-sequel, but much as I liked it, Funny People was perceived as a commercial disappointment with a $72 million worldwide gross.  If this is a rebound project, Apatow might as well return to the well of his biggest commercial hit (Knocked Up grossed $219 worldwide).

Both Rudd and Mann have an Apatow-produced project coming up before 2012.  Rudd stars opposite Jennifer Aniston in Wanderlust; Mann toplines Business Trip.  Independently, Rudd has My Idiot Brother and The Muppets also due in 2011.  Mann will next be seen in Little Birds, The Change-Up, and A Single Shot.  The untitled Apatow project will shoot this summer.

Last we checked, Apatow had written most of the script.  But here’s my retroactive pitch: In an attempt to reconnect with her husband, Mann attempts to join Rudd’s fantasy baseball league… with hilarious and poignant results!

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