Fast rising star Chris Pratt has signed on to star opposite Vince Vaughn in an untitled English remake of French-Canadian comedy “Starbuck”, according to Variety. Ken Scott, who also directed the original film, has written the script and will direct the remake as well.
Vaughn will play a middle-aged man, played by Patrick Huard in the original, who learns that, as a sperm donor, he has fathered 533 children. As he dodges thugs to whom he owes money and over 100 of his biological children begin clamoring for the identity of “Starbuck”, the pseudonym he used when donating sperm, all while his girlfriend becomes pregnant and decides he’s not mature enough to be a father, he must decide whether or not to step up and reveal his identity. Pratt will play his lawyer who has a large brood of his own. Filming is set for later this year.
Pratt, a favorite of TV audiences for his lovable oaf characters Bright on “Everwood” and currently Andy on “Parks and Recreation”, has begun gaining notice on the big screen after playing troubled catcher Scott Hatteberg in Bennett Miller’s Oscar-nominated “Moneyball” last year. He appeared as a scene-stealing groomsman in “Five Year Engagement” and has wrapped up shooting on Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden thriller “Zero Dark Thirty.” He’s also set for the live action lead in “Lego: The Piece of Resistance”, which will also feature animation and an all-star voice cast.