There’s a new romantic comedy in the works, and the cast that it’s assembled so far is an awesome mix of people I love from Judd Apatow shows, people I love from Party Down, and girls that I have crushes on (with some Mad Men connections thrown in for good measure). Save the Date is based on characters from the graphic novels of Jeffrey Brown.
Brown’s comic work is smaller, more autobiographical than the super hero stuff that typically gets adapted from the world of sequential art. This story is about two sisters, one who is relatively unconcerned about the future and is therefore dating a musician, and another who is obsessed with planning her upcoming wedding down to every detail.
Michael Mohan will be co-writing with Brown and directing. But that’s not really the exciting part of this news for me. The exciting part is the cast.
The sisters will be played by two of my TV uber-crushes in Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan. Brie is, of course, well known as the high strung but adorable wife to Pete Campbell on AMC’s Mad Men, and the high strung but adorable former Adderall addict Annie on NBC’s Community. Caplan has been in a whole host of things from Freaks and Geeks early in her career, to Tina Fey’s awesome teen comedy Mean Girls, to Party Down and True Blood more recently. Both girls are charming, good actresses and super funny, so they’re great picks to anchor a comedy like this. But I would be remiss not to mention that both girls also have two of the smokingest little bodies in Hollywood, yet they don’t rely on them to get jobs like those girls who show up in Transformers movies.
That means Save the Date has the potential to make us laugh and provide some serious eye candy. Especially when handsome blokes like Martin Starr and Geoffrey Arend are set to be their co-stars. Starr I’m sure everybody knows by now. In addition to being Bill F’n Haverchuck, he’s also from the Jesse Eisenberg vehicle Adventureland, and the outstanding Starz series Party Down (alongside the aforementioned Caplan).
Geoffrey Arend is a bit more obscure. I know him both from being the annoying guy who won’t stop doing impressions in an awesome episode of Apatow’s Undeclared, and also as being the guy who nobody can ever believe is engaged to Christina Hendricks whenever they appear together at red carpet events. With so many familiar faces showing up from so many things that I have loved over the past decade, Save the Date has already shot straight to the top of my movies to anticipate list; even if I don’t have any idea who the writers or director are. [Variety]