Sometimes it’s scary how much people wind up being just like their parents. They try to fight it, but there they are, 30-something years later, dragging their own kids in the trusty family car down the same winding roads that they once had to travel on some wacky adventure. You’d think Rusty Griswold would have learned some lessons back in the ’80s after just a few failed family bonding attempts, but the long-gestating reboot of National Lampoon’s Vacation is still underway, with a couple new faces now added to the cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter: Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day.
In the new incarnation of Vacation, written and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, Rusty (Ed Helms) is all grown up and taking his own family (including wife Christina Applegate) on a whirlwind road trip that way or may not have an end goal of visiting Walley World. You think that place is still open? While the details of Griswold 2.0’s grand plans are still under wraps, the whole family will play at least some part in the fun and frustration. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are set to have cameos as the original Mr. and Mrs. Griswold (Does Clark have anything to do with the terrible idea of going on a road trip again?) and sister Audrey will play some role to the main story, though that part has yet to be cast.
However, Hemsworth will be playing Audrey’s husband, an “up-and-coming anchorman” named Stone Crandall. If there has ever been a better name for an anchorman (besides Ron Burgundy, obviously), please find it. Hemsworth has apparently been trying to work his way into comedy for some time now, after cementing himself firmly in the superhero and drama game, and this seems like the perfect outlet to get his feet wet. He clearly has the acting chops and that head of hair that an anchorman desperately needs. If he can pull off comedy, it will open doors for a new era of an already stellar career.
Day will have a small part as a river rafting guide. The thing about him is that no part he plays is small; his presence is going to be known and scene-stealing as soon as he pops onscreen. His presence is unsurprising, as Daley and Goldstein also wrote Horrible Bosses, but it’s welcome. When the Griswold crew rolls up to the river and more than likely flips their raft attempting to have a nice time, hopefully we’re going to be treated to him rescuing them from another harried situation.
Vacation starts shooting in September.