I was already pretty pumped just at the announcement that Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel were going to be working together again. Their first film collaboration Forgetting Sarah Marshall is one of my favorite comedies of the last decade and the idea of them reteaming for Five Year Engagement had me at hello. But since then they’ve just kept making this movie sound cooler and cooler. From the very beginning Emily Blunt was cast as Segel’s love interest in the film. I defy you to find someone who doesn’t like them some Emily Blunt. Score one point. movie. But it didn’t stop there. The wonderful people behind this film then went on to cast the funny and adorable Alison Brie to play Blunt’s younger sister. After that they filled things out by adding the ridiculously charismatic Rhys Ifans and the next big thing in comedy Chris Pratt for supporting roles. Could things get any better?
Well, yes, and they have.
Not content to have only two stars from the best shows on television in Community’s Alison Brie and Parks and Recreations’ Chris Pratt, the casting people behind Five Year Engagement have also decided to poach the cast of The Office for their spunky little writer/actress Mindy Kaling. It’s always good to have another strong comedic voice on a set like this, but really, Kaling’s casting isn’t even the thing that’s gotten me all excited. In addition to the film adding Kaling as a grad student under the tutelage of Ifans’s character, it is also being reported that they’ve added veteran character actor and all around killer “that guy” David Paymer and award winning Australian actress Jacki Weaver to the growing cast. If you haven’t yet seen last year’s Animal Kingdom, I suggest you run out and do so, because Weaver gave by far my favorite supporting female performance of the year in that film. She was intense, chilling, and wildly affecting as the mother of a family of petty criminals. Kind of like what Melissa Leo did in The Fighter, but without the hammy overacting. At this point, what else can they do to make sure that I’m going to go see this movie-opening weekend? Will they send a car to my house to take me to the theater? Not necessary. I’m already there, but it wouldn’t go unappreciated.