Writer-director Paul Feig’s credits over the years include Arrested Development, Freaks & Geeks, 30 Rock and Mad Men. Yet, because of the overwhelming success of his feature-length comedy Bridesmaids, the industry is sitting up and taking extra notice of his follow up production. It’s titled The Heat. It’s a buddy-cop comedy with two solid leads. And it continues to add new faces on a daily basis.

Former MadTV standout Michael McDonald is the latest comedian to join Feig’s ensemble, according to Deadline. The late-night funnyman will play the film’s villain, with rumors claiming he might be cast as a Russian mobster. No specific details are available beyond this point. Feig’s leads are Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, teamed as an FBI agent and a Boston police officer forced to work together to bring down a criminal threat.

The concept’s a throwback to the ‘80s buddy-cop comedies, and if Feig can deliver the next Tango and Cash (or even the next Turner & Hooch), then we might be in for something special. Bullock can channel her Miss Congeniality persona to add a little toughness to The Heat. And McCarthy has shown she can be funny in virtually anything. So far, the casting for Feig’s comedy has been spot on, with Nathan Corddry, Bill Burr, Kaitlin Olson and Oscar nominee Demian Bichir added to the mix. The Heat is currently filming, and hopes to maintain an April 5, 2013 release date.

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