Tuesday, July 28, 2009

NEWS: Downey Jr. Gets a Due Date...

There isn't too much to this news as a story, but what it will result in is hopefully the best comedy of the films release year.

It looks as though the huge hit that was The Hangover is not only launching the leading man career of Bradley Cooper, but also the career of two other crew members, the director Todd Phillips, and co-star, Zack Galifinakis. At least in the mainstreams eyes.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Phillips' next film, Due Date, would star Galifinakis, and be, you guessed it, a road trip comedy. Well, it looks like the film is getting the star treatment, as it appears that Robert Downey Jr. will be leading the cast as the expectant father who the film is about, who happens to be racing to get to the birth of his first child.

Here's what EW had to say:

The Hangover director Todd Phillips has just signed Robert Downey Jr. to star opposite his Hangover scene-stealer Zach Galifianakis in the comedy Due Date, which could begin filming as early as the fall. While the film has not yet been greenlit by Warner Bros., the studio is close to pulling the trigger, and bringing Downey on board will certainly accelerate the pace. The project centers on an expectant dad, to be played by Downey, and his unlikely travel companion (Galifianakis), who race cross-country in hopes of making it home in time for the birth of his first child. (Think Planes, Trains and Automobiles with Downey in the straight-man Steve Martin role.)

That last line really has me in. Here's the deal, not only am I a huge fan of Phillips and his style of comedy (NOT the Hangover, but Old School...actually, ONLY Old School), but the idea of Robert Downey Jr. playing straight man to Galifianakis really is beyond brilliant. Two hilarious actors in a film led by Todd Phillips, really now? Really? Sure, both Galifianakis and Phillips have been around before The Hangover, but, primarily Galifianakis, hasn't been known by the public until after TH. Take the trailers for G-Force for example. Instead of getting people to say, oh hey, isn't that comedic genius Zack Galifianakis, it's simply "the guy from The Hangover." This is all just good news to me, as everything I've heard about this film so far is stellar.

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