An Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn team-up is getting closer to reality as negotiations by the actresses’ representatives go into high gear. Stand-up comedian Schumer, 34, flush from the success of 2015 winner Trainwreck, and iconic Hawn, 70, who retired after a string of classic comedies 14 years ago, are slated to play mother and daughter in a movie of a family vacation gone wrong.
According to AV Club, Amy Schumer‘s character in the upcoming comedy Mother/Daughter, directed by 50/50‘s Jonathan Levine, will have Goldie Hawn playing her mother. From a script by The Heat‘s Katie Dippold, the plot revolves around a woman and her mother kidnapped while vacationing in Brazil.
Amy Schumer is cited as instrumental in recruiting Oscar-winning Goldie Hawn for the motherly role in the upcoming action comedy. Vanity Fair reports that casting for the part central to the film also had Frances McDormand and Sally Field in consideration at various stages.
The initiative by Amy Schumer offers Goldie her first film role since 2002’s The Banger Sisters, in which Hawn plays the best friend of fellow former groupie Susan Sarandon. Though bogged down in lackluster reviews, the film nearly quadrupled its $10 million budget, a swan song of sorts for the veteran actress whose beginnings included appearances in television’s Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.
The script favored by Amy Schumer is based on writer Kate Dippold’s own relationship with her mother. Also serving as executive producer of the film, Dippold banks on personal insight to select who plays this special character, and Goldie Hawn seems to have the necessary qualifications.
According to Vanity Fair, the two blonde comedians born some 30 years apart, make an instant mother-daughter team. Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck funny persona could be a fascinating contrast to Goldie Hawn’s signature flighty style. The challenge would be to imagine Schumer as a stuffy heiress in Overboard, and pull it off the same way Hawn did.
A report by the Guardian gives Amy Schumer a pay increase of more than 1,000 percent over her last effort, or a fee of between $4 million and $5 million to shoot her next film. Although she only made $300,000 for her work on Trainwreck, the film’s box office success has catapulted her into the top echelon of Hollywood big-screen comics. The self-penned hit comedy scored $110 million on a budget of just $35 million in July, 2015. Trainwreck also won her a Critics’ Choice Award and a Golden Globe nomination.
Digital Trends provides a candid assessment of where Goldie Hawn is as a septuagenarian and after being absent from the acting scene for almost a decade and a half. Her heyday as an actress came in the seventies and eighties with unforgettable films like Foul Play, Private Benjamin, and Wildcats, which was a long climb up from her ditzy start as a character in Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In during the experimental sixties. In the process, she picked up the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1969’s Cactus Flower, along with a Best Actress nomination for 1980’s Private Benjamin. She also starred in the classic comedies First Wives Club with Bette Midler and Diane Keaton, Housesitter opposite Steve Martin, and Overboard with Kurt Russell.
Born Amy Beth Schumer on June 1, 1981, the Trainwreck star is a native of Upper East Side, New York City. Five foot seven inches tall with a chubby-cheeked prettiness, the stand-up comedian has also proven herself competent as a writer, actress, and producer. She created, co-produced, co-wrote, and starred in the sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, launched on Comedy Central in 2013.
The Private Benjamin star, on the other hand, born Goldie Jeanne Hawn on November 21, 1945, is a native of Washington, D.C. A pert, plum-shaped beauty standing 5-feet-6-inches, the versatile comedic actress has also directed, produced, and performed as a singer. Her tongue-in-cheek start in Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In led to acting in such films as The Sugarland Express, Foul Play, and Death Becomes Her, among others.
As it stands, an Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn tandem seems to be the right thing to do after the successful Trainwreck in need of a feisty follow-up, and forgettable The Banger Sisters in need of redemption.
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