I have a feeling we’re going to run out of clever headlines before casting is completed on “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, the newest in a recent string of ensemble romantic comedies featuring interweaving stories of a large group of loosely connected people. Today Chace Crawford becomes at least the eighth star to join the cast that already includes Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Brooklyn Decker, Chris Rock and Rob Huebel.
In the Kirk Jones film based on the internationally best-selling pregnancy advice book, Crawford’s screentime will be primarily shared with Anna Kendrick, and together they play old flames who cross paths again when their respective food trucks become engaged in a turf war. After a bit of reconnecting, she unexpectedly becomes pregnant. Well, duh.
Prior to this questionable decision, Crawford had been taking dark, interesting and unexpected film roles in between his commitment to the long-running CW show “Gossip Girl”. He recently wrapped “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” opposite Sundance breakout Elizabeth Olsen and recently signed on to play an ex-babysitting charge and new love interest to Katie Holmes in dark comedy “Responsible Adults”. And while financing is still being ironed out and no start date is in sight, Crawford is also attached to South African political drama “The House Gun”. It remains to be seen when and how he will fit all these new projects into his schedule, as filming the fifth season of “Gossip Girl” is already underway in New York City.