Chris Pratt has teamed Nicholas Stoller‘s Universal comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Rhys Ifans, the villain in upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, is also in talks for a role in the pic.
Five-Year Engagement will not be a prequel to previous Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, which Stoller co-wrote with Jason Segel. Stoller made certain steps toward screenwriting for The Muppets and Gulliver’s Travels, and “Five-Year Engagement” represents his return to the director’s chair.
Jason Segel and Emily Blunt lead in the picture, which refers to both the happy times and the bad times of their extensive relationship. Alison Brie co-stars as Blunt’s younger sister. Judd Apatow and Rodney Rothman are producing the project. Segel is also exec. producer.
Five-Year Engagement principal photography is scheduled to begin by the end of next month. Pratt and Ifans have been on a roll lately.
Relativity Media’s Take Me Home Tonight will co-star Pratt with his wife, Anna Faris. The couple will have one additional appearance – they will soon be seen together in the 20th Century Fox comedy What’s Your Number? Pratt, himself, also recently enclosed for Bennett Miller‘s Moneyball, as well as the Channing Tatum indie pet project Ten Year. Pretty busy.
As for Ifans, he goes to the positive side of the critical scales for his interpretation of pot smuggler Howard Marks in the British indie Mr. Nice. There are also rumors around his performance as Edward De Vere, the writer assured to be behind many of William Shakespeare’s plays, in political thriller Anonymous by Roland Emmerich.
Speaking of “Engagement”, slightly more free narrative and anarchic spirit that we’ve seen in the previous two Stoller/Segel movies will be welcome, and I’m hoping to see some of that implemented to “The Muppets” too. Hope you agree.