Dinner for Schmucks
Despite the fact it's a remake of possibly my favourite comedy film ever (which I watched again for the umpteenth time last night) - the French Le Dīner de Cons
(1998) - I'm genuinely excited by the cast list for this adaptation:
Lucy Punch (Hot Fuzz's 'Eve')
Originally slated for remake status back in 1999/2000 I think, as a Kevin Kline vehicle, which could easily have worked.
In short, it's an absolutely superb choice of vehicle for Steve Carell (earmarked for the 'schmuck' role), and with Paul Rudd cast as his co-lead, this could prove to be a real winner. I have a suspicion the likes of Clement, O'Dowd (Marco, Blind Swordsman - yay!) and Walliams may likely only garner fleeting cameos during the very start of the film. Depends how drastically the original Francis Veber screenplay has been 'adapted', given that it is originally a stage play, and primarily focussed on a central core of 2-6 people throughout the bulk of the film, and in a singular set location. Because of this, the original clocks in at only 77 minutes, but judging by the extended number of other 'schmuck' characters ('Beard Champion') in the cast list, there could well be extra play for additional giggles outside of the central farce itself. Potential laughterfest.
I don't normally get too excited about the prospects of remakes/adaptations, and I could easily get quite precious about this once the first trailer emerges... but I'm genuinely excited at the prospect of this one. I dearly hope this adaptation does the original screenplay justice, as it's surely a comedy masterpiece. That said, the overall castings are looking bang on. I already have raised expectations, not to mention all fingers, legs and toes crossed. And it's scheduled for release soon after my birthday, too - BonusYay!
I would also add, if you haven't seen the orignal I would strongly recommend it. I've said so before, I know, but it does