A new holiday comedy is in the works even though Christmas is a long ways off. DreamWorks is set to begin filming Office Christmas Party, a film that is already to star big name comedy duo and off-screen pals Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. Additionally, the comedy will star T.J. Miller of Silicon Valley and Kate McKinnon of Saturday Night Live.
The latest actress who may be climbing aboard to be a part of the flick is beauty Olivia Munn. Variety shares as to Munn’s recent list of film involvement.
“Munn most recently appeared in ‘Ride Along 2,’ ‘Zoolander 2’ and ‘Mortdecai.’ She will play new baddie Betsy Braddock (aka Psylocke) in 2017’s ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ Munn’s HBO TV show ‘The Newsroom’ wrapped in 2014. She is repped by Atlas Artists and CAA.”
Will Speck and Josh Gordon are to direct the film that focuses on a group of employees during the office Christmas party that goes a bit crazy.
Scott Stuber, Guymon Casady of Entertainment 360 and Daniel Rappaport are producers of the film, with Spec and Gordon acting as executive producers of the humorous flick. It was Casady who made the pitch originally.
The movie is to begin filming this spring in Atlanta, and is slated to be in theaters by December 9, right in time for the festive season. Paramount is set to be distributor for the film in the U.S. and additional international territories, with Mister Smith Entertainment distributing overseas in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
It will be DreamWorks distributing the film in india with Entertainment One handling the U.K., Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Australia, and New Zealand.
Munn’s possible costars in the film, if the beauty signs on for the proposed role, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, are also slated to work together on a separate comedy within which the real-life pals will play significant others. The film is actually titled Significant Others and will be produced and directed by Bateman. Aniston will serve as executive producer of the film, as reps recently confirmed with Entertainment Weekly.
“Written by Andrea Seigel (Laggies), the plot tracks an up-and-coming type-A businesswoman (Aniston) in the final stages of being recruited for a big-time CEO job. However, the company wants to meet and vet her spouse before the job is offered.”
Previous films Jen and Jason have starred in together include the rom-com The Switch, Horrible Bosses and as mentioned, are soon to star in the holiday film Office Christmas Party.
Aniston is clearly still a huge fan of taking on comedic roles in her film career, even though recently in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the star indicated that a film has to be really something special to her to sign on for it at this point in her career.
“I really have to love something to be leaving my home, my dogs, my husband. The older you get, the more you realize that. I can do other things. I feel a sense of freedom that I hadn’t necessarily felt before. Also, you have to start taking chances in an industry that’s very insecure about taking chances on people. People forget who actors are. They say, ‘You’re too known to play that part. You can’t disappear.’ And we’re like, ‘Give us a chance. We’ll disappear.’ “
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