Further names have been recruited to star alongside Jonah Hill and Russell Brand in Get Him to the Greek, the spin-off from Forgetting Sarah Marshall following Aldous Snow, the rock star played by Brand in the aforementioned.
Joining are Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, Damages’ Rose Byrne and Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power’s Sean ‘P Diddy/Puff Daddy/Diddy’ Combs. Intriguing group of folks there but, I can assure you, Sean Combs’ Twitter indicates he is not too far from insane and, also, utterly hilarious.
Moss hasn’t really got much of a comedy background but she’s fantastic in Mad Men while Byrne, while awful in Knowing, is pretty good in Damages so both should be decent additions.
The screenplay has been written, unlike the Jason Segel-penned Sarah Marshall, by Marshall director Nicholas Stoller, who will also helm.
Whether this movie is a good idea remains in the air as spin-offs for peripheral characters in comedy movies often end up with said character outstaying their welcome. Hopefully Brand, who I love but can undoubtedly be something of a tit on certain days, can give enough levels to the character to prevent caricature and annoyance sinking in.
Knowing, the new Nicolas Cage film, a genre in itself these days, reigned supreme at the US box-office over the weekend, racking up an impressive $24.8m over the three days. This was enough to knock I Love You, Man into second, taking a slightly disappointing $18m with Duplicity, the return of Julia Roberts (although she kind of returned with Charlie Wilson’s War a little way back), was another disappointment, taking only $14.4m despite relatively good reviews. This has prompted a few commentators to question the bankability of Roberts in the modern day.
Outside of that, Race to Witch Mountain slightly under half in its second week to $13m with Watchmen propping up the top five with $6.7m. It means the total gross of the latter currently remains under $100m for its domestic take.