“Girls” star Adam Driver’s big screen takeover continues. THR reports Driver is in talks to join Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Kathryn Hahn and Corey Stoll in Shawn Levy’s family comedy “This is Where I Leave You”, in a role originally earmarked for Zac Efron. Scheduling with the film and his commitment to “Girls” may be an issue , so this is not a done deal just yet.
Levy took over directing duties for Adam Shankman (who remains as a producer) and is assembling a new cast around Bateman’s Judd, a sad sack kinda guy who recently lost his wife due to infidelity with his boss and whose father has just died. The father’s dying wish was for his surviving family to sit Shiva for the full seven days after his passing. This means all four siblings (Bateman’s Judd, Fey’s Wendy, Stoll’s Paul and much younger brother Philip, originally to be played by Efron but now taken over by Driver) plus their mother (Fonda) are trapped together for a week as all sorts of secrets are spilled and shenanigans go down. Hahn plays Bateman’s unfaithful wife, while the search continues for Penny, Judd’s old high school crush.
Driver is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013, for obviously very good reason. After a small role in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated “Lincoln”, in 2013 he’ll continue to make his mark on the indie scene with roles opposite Greta Gerwig in Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha”, which charmed festival audiences last year, as Daniel Radcliffe’s best friend in rom com “The F Word”, and opposite Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan in the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.” He’s also completed filming on Australian outback drama “Tracks” opposite Mia Wasikowska and most recently landed his first starring role in indie comedy “Coward.”