Melissa McCarthy And Ryan Lee Join Judd Apatow's Knocked Up Spin-Off

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-07-07 14:37:12discussion comments
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It seems that every year a couple new breakout stars come along. In 2009, it was Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover, who made us laugh until we cried, and Christoph Waltz, whose performance in Inglourious Basterds made him the perfect option if you needed a high-class villain. Last year, Noomi Rapace was introduced to American audiences with her breathtaking performance in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Jesse Eisenberg's performance in The Social Network demonstrated a power and ability that few knew he had. While 2011 isn't over yet, there are definitely some names that stand out thus far and two of them just joined the cast of Judd Apatow's next film.

According to THR, Melissa McCarthy, who starred in the Apatow-produced Bridesmaids, and Ryan Lee, one of the best parts of J.J. Abrams' Super 8, have signed on to play in the comedy director's Knocked Up spin-off starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann (formally known as This is Forty). Plot details are being kept under wraps, but McCarthy will be playing Lee's mother, and Lee will be a classmate of one of Rudd and Mann's kids. The film is also set to star Albert Brooks, who will be playing Rudd's father, and Megan Fox. In addition to this part, McCarthy is also set to star in a Apatow-produced, Paul Feig-directed romantic comedy with Jon Hamm.

While I can't imagine their parts will be very big, this is fantastic news. Lee's braced-faced pyromaniac was my favorite character in Super 8 and I'm not sure I can heap more praise on to McCarthy without repeating what thousands of other critics have said. If there's one thing that Apatow has proven over his many years in the industry it's that he has an amazing eye for talent, and it seems that he's using it well.
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