EXCLUSIVE: Just Go With It and Battleship star Brooklyn Decker is set as a lead opposite James Van Der Beek in Dana Klein’s CBS comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives, which is directed by James Burrows. The multi-camera project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kaplan Entertainment, revolves around six 30-something friends who each think the other has it better. Decker will play one of them Jules, a former model who was discovered in a mall when she was 13. Very open minded, she sincerely wishes the best for everyone. Decker, a model herself, recently did an arc on FX’s The League and guest starred on Fox comedy New Girl, also produced by 20th TV. She is with Gersh and Authentic.
Finally, Universal Pictures has released a teaser trailer for Battleship, the Peter Berg-directed film that takes the popular board game and mashes it up with a science fiction alien premise. The movie has been the subject of heightened cynicism for the longest time, partly because of its tie-in to the Hasbro board game, its high price tag and the rumor that Universal put so many chips on the table it has been reticent to take chances on films like At the Mountains of Madness and Dark Tower (though studio insiders say Battleship had nothing to do with those decisions). There was even one straight-faced report that longtime studio chief Ron Meyer would be supplanted by Dick Cook because of the Hasbro deal and Battleship (this proved unfounded). All this negative ink came before anybody saw a frame of a movie that stars Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna. Berg told me recently that he hoped buzz would turn around once people started getting a look at the work they did, and this teaser provides the first opportunity. My feeling? Berg and Kitsch certainly made a good team on the TV series version of Friday Night Lights, which is giving Kitsch shots to become a movie star in this film, the Oliver Stone-directed Savages and Disney’s John Carter, based on John Carter of Mars. Maybe they’ve got something here.
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the part of the Lionsgate movie What To Expect When You’re Expecting that I’ll look forward to. Chris Rock is signing on to play a guy named Vic, who is the head of a group of expectant fathers who lectures them on what it’s really like to have a baby and become a father. The Kirk Jones-directed pic stars Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Brooklyn Decker and Anna Kendrick (the latter two castings were announced today) in a mix of couples awaiting that stork visit. Rock will start working in late July, right after he finishes his run as the star of The Motherfucker With The Hat, which ends its Broadway run July 17. ICM is making Rock’s deal.
UPDATE, 5:30 PM: Lionsgate announced that Up in the Air co-star Anna Kendrick also has been added to the cast of the film. The CAA-repped actress will play a Rosie, who reunites with an old flame and fellow food-truck owner and becomes pregnant.
PREVIOUS, 11:53 AM: Brooklyn Decker has been cast to star alongside Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez in Lionsgate’s film adaptation of the bestseller What To Expect When You’re Expecting. The Kirk Jones-directed romantic comedy is set to begin shooting this summer ahead of a May 11, 2012 release. Decker, repped by Gersh and Marilyn Talent, is a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model who made her feature debut in this year’s Just Go WIth It. She also will appear in Universal’s Battleship. In the ensemble What To Expect, she will play the perky wife of a much older man who sails through her pregnancy with twins, much to the consternation of her friends.
Here’s the new trailer for Adam Sandler’s next comedy, Just Go With It. Jennifer Aniston co-stars but the focus is on Sports Illustrated swimsuit model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker, who is now shooting Battleship for Universal. Conspicuously absent from this trailer is Nicole Kidman even though she’s listed in the credits of the Sony Pictures comedy that debuts February 11, 2011.
Brooklyn Decker has been set by director Peter Berg to join the cast of Battleship, Universal’s tentpole film based on the Hasbro game. Taylor Kitsch stars, along with True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard and Rihanna. The film starts production around Labor Day in Hawaii, and will be released May 18, 2012. Scripted by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, Battleship’s a big scale action adventure that pits that crew of a battleship again alien invaders. Brian Koppelman and David Levien are working on the most recent draft.