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The casting process for Joe Carnahan's upcoming action comedy Stretch has mostly been about fun reunions between the director and former stars, including The A-Team's Patrick Wilson and Smokin' Aces' Chris Pine. But the newest addition to the production is not only a Carnahan first-timer, but also set to play one of the film's two biggest roles.
Ed Helms, who was just seen wrapping up the end of the Hangover trilogy last month and returning as real estate agent James Carri in the fourth season of Arrested Development, has signed on to Stretch, which has been confirmed to be Carnahan's next film. The story centers on a unlucky limo driver - played by Wilson - who tries to work off a major debt by chauffeuring a mysterious billionaire around town. Things wind up going horribly wrong, however, and the two men end up going through a night of hell. Variety, which first reported the casting news, says that Helms will be playing the billionaire in the movie. Pine's role is being kept a secret.
Wilson, Pines and Helms make up an extremely solid core, but apparently Carnahan isn't done with the casting process just yet. Following the trade's report, the director Tweeted an image of himself and his three stars and suggested that there's still at least one more major addition on the way.
Helms' next role is coming up soon, as he plays a crucial role in the upcoming pot comedy We're The Millers (which, going by the film's trailers, looks hilarious). He is also still attached to star in the upcoming Vacation reboot, but that project was recently put on hold due to creative differences.