Brie Larson Circling Role In Judd Apatow’s TRAINWRECK Opposite Amy Schumer and Bill Hader
One actress who was pegged very early on last year as an awards season contender was Brie Larson, due in large part to a double whammy of performances in popular indies Short Term 12 and The Spectacular Now. A top member of the 20-something crowd of young Hollywood talent on the up-and-up, Larson’s name has been bandied about for roles in some of the biggest movies coming down the pike including The Fantastic Four and Terminator: Genesis. It seems that she has her eye on a genre more familiar.
The actress is reportedly in talks to join veteran comedy director Judd Apatow’s next project Trainwreck. Universal is the studio behind the film, continuing their relationship with Apatow since their last collaboration, This Is 40 starring Paul Rudd and Apatow’s wife, Leslie Mann. Larson would be in good company. Already cast in the film are SNL alum Bill Hader and stand-up comedienne Amy Schumer, who also wrote the script. Plot details for the film are currently unknown, but boasting a unique cast like this one, the film is sure to be a hit.
In a very short time, Brie Larson has amassed an impressive and eclectic resume spanning multiple mediums and genres. Many will recognize her as the Kate Gregson, the daughter of a woman with multiple personality disorder on the Showtime drama The United States of Tara opposite lead star Toni Collette. She had a small role in Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg opposite Ben Stiller and Greta Gerwig, and most recently she appeared alongside Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Dave Franco in the action/comedy 21 Jump Street. Keen-eyed readers probably remember her most as villainous vixen Envy Adams in Edgar Wright’s cult hit Scott Pilgrim Vs The World.
Judd Apatow is single-handedly putting female-driven comedies back on the map. He started by shepherding the now classic Kristen Wiig comedy Bridesmaids into theaters as producer (which set the benchmark for the subgenre), and continued on the small screen as a producer on the hit HBO series Girls from writer/actress Lena Dunham. It’s no surprise that he’s on board as a director on Trainwreck as Amy Schumer is a quickly-rising talent in the world of comedy. I can’t wait to see where it goes.