Director Brett Ratner’s upcoming film Tower Heist is attracting quite a few names. Variety is reporting the latest addition to the already large ensemble cast is none other than actress Téa Leoni, who will join Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle in the film. Leoni’s arrival comes hot on the heels of Murphy’s, who joined the Universal comedy last week.
Leoni was last seen in 2009’s The Smell of Success, and more famously in 2005’s Fun with Dick and Jane alongside Jim Carrey. Newcomer Nina Arianda, who can be seen in the upcoming Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris, is set to join the cast as well. With the two actresses locked, production is set to begin in November for a 2011 release. Hit the jump for more.
Leoni is an intriguing actress, one who has yet to fully establish herself in Hollywood. Despite starring in big name features such as James L. Brooks’ Spanglish opposite Adam Sandler and Michael Bay’s Bad Boys alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, the actress has never found her niche the way, say, Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan have.
I’m not sure if starring in a Brett Ratner production is a good move for someone looking for A-list status, but at least we know she can hold her own against the likes of Stiller and Murphy, having endured Carrey’s antics surprisingly well in the 2005 caper comedy.
What do you think? Is this a good move for the actress?