Kristen Wiig Reconnects With ‘The Descendants’ Writers For a New Action Comedy

I may not have been completely on the Bridesmaids bandwagon like a lot of other people, but I love Kristen Wiig as a performer and might go as far as to say she’s the most talented female to ever work on Saturday Night Live; so I’m very interested in where her film career is going to go now that she has some clout in Hollywood. And, according to a report from Variety, her next movie is one that is going to be well worth my attention.

Wiig has reportedly attached herself to star in a new action comedy written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, or as they’re otherwise known, Nat Faxon and Dean Pelton from Community, or as they’re otherwise known, the two guys who just won an Effin Oscar for writing The Descendants. Add Wiig’s unparalleled skill as a comedic performer with these guy’s obvious skill in crafting big screen stories, and it sounds like we might be in for something special. Factor in that all three of these talents know each other from back in the day when they performed in The Groundlings together, and we may just be looking at one of those perfect pieces of synergy that becomes an all time great.

I mean, this new movie is being described as an action comedy, for the love of Mike. That’s a genre I generally can’t get enough of, and when’s the last time you’ve seen a good action comedy made in Hollywood? If this movie’s half as good as I’m hoping, it could get a lot of people making a trip out to the multiplex.

And this isn’t the only thing that Faxon and Rash have in the pipe either. Not only are they writing yet another script for Alexander Payne to direct, but they’re also set to soon make their directorial debut on The Way, Way Back, a script they wrote about a young girl who strikes up a friendship with the owner of a water park. That one has Allison Janney and, good God, Sam Rockwell set to star, so it’s pretty much guaranteed to rule. With Community seeming to be going through series ending problems, knowing that Rash looks to have a huge career as a filmmaker in his future takes the sting of that show’s unfortunate fate away just a little bit. And for Wiig, hey, the sky’s the limit.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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