Ashley Judd Joins DIVERGENT; Joel McHale in Talks to Board Adam Sandler Comedy with Drew Barrymore

     April 12, 2013

Check out today’s latest casting announcements:

  • Ashley Judd (Heat) has joined the cast of Neil Burger’s Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Aaron Eckhart and Theo James.  The adaptation of the best-selling Veronica Roth novel series is currently in production and opens March 21, 2014.
  • Joel McHale (Community) is in negotiations to join an untitled romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, who will reunite with The Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci.

Hit the jump for more.

Heat Vision reports ashley-judd-imagethat Judd will join the cast of Divergent as Beatrice “Tris” Prior’s (Woodley) mother.  The film is set in a future world where citizens are divided into distinct factions based on their character traits.  Judd’s character Natalie Prior watches along with her husband Andrew (Eckhart) as their children are sorted.  Tris, a Divergent, doesn’t belong to any group and thus finds herself the target of extermination.  She then must risk everything to stop a war between the factions.

Judd was recently seen opposite Eckhart as the First Lady to his President Asher in Olympus Has Fallen, but opted out of politics herself after flirting with a run for the Senate.

Variety reports that McHale is in talks to join the untitled Warner Bros. comedy as the ex-husband of Barrymore’s character.  Scripted by Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera, the rom-com follows a couple who suffer through a disastrous blind date only to be trapped in a family resort with their children from previous marriages.

McHale, who splits TV time between The Soup and Community, is currently filming Tristram Shapeero’s A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle, starring Robin Williams, Lauren Graham and Oliver Platt.  McHale was most recently seen as a felt version of his Greendale alter ego, Jeff Winger.


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