Neil Patrick Harris Lands Roles in BEASTLY and THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST

     June 7, 2009

neil_patrick_harris_unicorn_wwnphd_01.jpgI am an unabashed Neil Patrick Harris-supporter and it’s in no way some ironic “Doogie Howser” love.  The guy has slayed me both in lampooning himself in the “Harold & Kumar” movies and by his unforgettable performance as legend-(wait for it)-ary lothario Barney Stintson on CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother”.  He’s been overdue for some feature film work and now, according to THR, he’s landed two projects which he’ll handle over “Mother’s” summer hiatus.

First up, he’s got “The Best and the Brightest” where he’ll be playing a husband and father who isn’t worried about his social status but is nonetheless thrust into the insane world of New York’s Upper East Side and enters the world of the city’s private kindergartens.  Bonnie Somerville is on board as the class-aware wife.  The flick has an all-around great cast including Amy Sedaris, John Hodgman, Peter Serafinowicz, Bridget Regan, Kate Mulgrew and Christopher McDonald.  I expect heavy lampooning of psychotic parents who think that if their kid doesn’t have the best education from day one, they’re doomed for life.

Harris’ other flick is “Beastly”, a modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”.  He’ll take on a supporting role as a blind tutor who helps and bonds with a teen (Alex Pettyfer) who is shellshocked from being turned into a hideous young man.  While I’m sure he’ll do a fine job, “blind tutor” definitely sounds like one of Barney’s many ruses.  Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen are co-starring and I think this movie maaaay not be intended for my demographic.  But with NPH, it’s in everyone’s demographic.

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