Jamie Dornan thrilled to venture into comedy

Jamie Dornan is excited for audiences to see his first foray into comedy with Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar.The Northern Irish actor is known for his serious role in TV show The Fall as well as appearances in films such as A Private War and the Fif…

Jamie Dornan is excited for audiences to see his first foray into comedy with Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar.

The Northern Irish actor is known for his serious role in TV show The Fall as well as appearances in films such as A Private War and the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.

But in an interview with Variety, Dornan revealed that he had always dreamed of going down the comedy route and he’s excited he’s finally been given a chance to show off his aptitude for the genre alongside Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo.

“I’m so excited for people to see the movie. I’m so excited to see the movie myself,” he gushed. “Years ago, when I first started in the industry, I kind of only really wanted to do comedy and I was sort of making good comedy connections, feeling like I was going to go down that path. And then I did The Fall, and if you’re playing a serial killer, nobody’s considering you for comedy… I guess it’s taken me a while to find my way back to that world.”

The 37-year-old shared that the opportunity came to him after executives on the film saw him telling funny stories on TV programmes like The Graham Norton Show, and he is amazed that his first comedy gig is with Wiig and Mumolo, who won acclaim for co-writing the 2011 smash hit Bridesmaids.

“I mean, for my first comedy to be (with Wiig and Mumolo), it’s kind of mind-blowing. We just had such a laugh making that movie in Mexico last summer,” Dornan praised. “It’s a trip, though. I really hope people respond to it. It’s right up my street. They’re some of the funniest days I’ve ever had in my life.”

Wiig and Mumolo also wrote the screenplay for the comedy, which follows Barb and Star as they get tangled up in adventure, love, and a villain’s plot to kill everyone in town when they go on holiday. It is still scheduled to be released in July.

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Wendi McLendon-Covey to reunite with Kristen Wiig for Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Wendi McLendon-Covey is set to reunite with her Bridesmaids co-star Kristen Wiig in the upcoming comedy movie, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.The 49-year-old and Damon Wayans Jr. have been announced as new additions to the cast of the Lionsgate come…

Wendi McLendon-Covey is set to reunite with her Bridesmaids co-star Kristen Wiig in the upcoming comedy movie, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

The 49-year-old and Damon Wayans Jr. have been announced as new additions to the cast of the Lionsgate comedy, which follows two best friends who leave their small midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, Florida. They soon find themselves involved in a bizarre plot by an evil villain who plans to kill everyone in the town.

According to editors at Deadline, McLendon-Covey will reportedly play Mickey Revelet, who inspires the titular best friends, played by Wiig and Annie Mumolo, to take their vacation to Vista Del Mar.

The actress shared a link to the article on Twitter and expressed her excitement by adding, “Weeeeeee!so excited (sic)!”

The movie marks a reunion between McLendon-Covey and Wiig, after they appeared alongside each other in 2011’s raucous comedy, Bridesmaids.

Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan is another recent addition to the cast, and the Northern Irish hunk will portray Edgar, a lovelorn spy who gets caught between the forces of good and evil. Last week, Lionsgate executives shared a picture of Dornan, Wiig and Mumolo dressed in character on the set of the production.

Wiig and Mumolo, who also wrote the script and will serve as producers, have enlisted Josh Greenbaum as director. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum will also produce.

News of Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar was announced in April, and representatives for studio Lionsgate said they were “honoured” to be behind the duo’s upcoming comedy.

“Their projects offer a rare combination of big laughs, big heart and female empowerment that everyone will love – men and women, young and old,” Lionsgate president Nathan Kahane said in a statement.

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Jamie Dornan joins Kristen Wiig’s comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Jamie Dornan has signed on to star in Kristen Wiig’s upcoming comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.The new movie follows two best friends, Barb and Star, who leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, w…

Jamie Dornan has signed on to star in Kristen Wiig’s upcoming comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

The new movie follows two best friends, Barb and Star, who leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, where they quickly become inadvertently involved in a villain’s plot to kill everyone in the California town.

Wiig and her Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo will play Barb and Star, while Dornan will portray Edgar, a lovelorn spy who gets caught between the forces of good and evil.

The leading ladies also wrote the script, and enlisted Josh Greenbaum as director, with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum serving as producers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 37-year-old has yet to flex his comedy muscles, and is best known for his dark and moody characters, such as serial killer Paul Spector in BBC drama The Fall, brooding S&M enthusiast Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, and photographer Paul Conroy in war biopic A Private War.

Dornan will next be seen later this year alongside Shailene Woodley and Sebastian Stan in the untitled Drake Doremus project, and is set to star in sci-fi thriller Synchronic, opposite Anthony Mackie.

News of Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar was announced in April, and representatives for studio Lionsgate said they were “honoured” to be behind Wiig and Mumolo’s upcoming comedy.

“Their projects offer a rare combination of big laughs, big heart and female empowerment that everyone will love – men and women, young and old,” Lionsgate president Nathan Kahane said in a statement.

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Kristen Wiig pulls out of filming comedy in Georgia due to abortion ban

Kristen Wiig has decided against filming her new comedy in Georgia following the introduction of anti-abortion legislation.Last month, the star confirmed she was reuniting with her Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo on Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar…

Kristen Wiig has decided against filming her new comedy in Georgia following the introduction of anti-abortion legislation.

Last month, the star confirmed she was reuniting with her Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo on Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, a movie which will tell the story of Barb, to be played by Wiig, and her best friend Star, as portrayed by Mumolo, who leave their small town for the first time to go on holiday in Vista Del Mar in Florida, where they quickly find themselves embroiled in an adventure.

But according to editors at Variety, Wiig has now announced that she will no longer be shooting in Georgia, as means of protesting the so-called “heartbeat bill,” which will outlaw abortions from the time a foetal heartbeat is detected, usually around when a woman is six weeks pregnant.

A spokesperson for film studio Lionsgate hasn’t commented decision, and a new location for the production is yet to be determined.

Since Governor Brian Kemp signed the bill earlier this month, a number of producers have abandoned projects in Georgia as part of a Hollywood boycott over the restrictive abortion laws.

Director Reed Morano has cancelled a trip to the state to scout locations for a new Amazon Studios show called The Power, and told Time, “We had no problem stopping the entire process instantly. There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there.”

Jason Bateman, J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele, as well as other film and TV heavyweights, have also pledged to take their entertainment business out of the state to oppose the bill.

Georgia has been a favourite location for various TV and film projects for years due to tax incentives.

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Bridesmaids’ Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo reuniting for new comedy

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. …

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.

The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

To be directed by Josh Greenbaum, the movie will tell the story of Barb, to be played by Wiig, and her best friend Star, as portrayed by Mumolo, who leave their small town for the first time to go on holiday in Vista Del Mar in Florida, where they quickly find themselves embroiled in an adventure.

“I’m so excited to be a part of this movie which showcases Kristen and Annie’s original, fresh and undeniably hilarious voice in spades,” said Greenbaum, known for directing episodes of New Girl and Fresh Off the Boat, in a statement. “I’m also always looking for projects with titles that rhyme, so it really all worked out on this one.”

In addition, Wiig and Mumolo will serve as producers, working alongside Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of Gloria Sanchez Productions, a female-focused production company.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group executive vice president of production and development Jim Miller and vice president of production and development Meredith Wieck will oversee Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar for Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, with studio president Nathan Kahane thrilled by the premise of the upcoming flick.

“It is such an honour that Kristen and Annie have entrusted us with their follow-up to Bridesmaids. Their projects offer a rare combination of big laughs, big heart and female empowerment that everyone will love – men and women, young and old,” he commented. “Barb and Star are true cultural icons in the making, and as they embark on this hilarious adventure, we are more than thrilled to partner with Kristen, Annie and Gloria Sanchez on what we know is going to be a great ride.”

Wiig will next be seen onscreen in Where’d You Go, Bernadette and as Barbara Minerva / Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984, while Mumolo penned the story for 2015 Jennifer Lawrence feature Joy and most recently acted in TV movie Amy’s Brother.

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is set to hit cinemas sometime in 2020.

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