The upcoming comedy Barely Lethal already has the pretty rocking cast of Samuel L. Jackson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Jessica Alba. (Okay, so maybe Alba’s presence is slightly less than "rocking," but we all have our fingers crossed.) Director Kyle Newman (Fanboys) has filled out a good chunk of his supporting cast with three actors well-versed in bringing the laughs, as Rob Huebel, Finesse Mitchell and Rachael Harris have all been added to the team.
In the film, Steinfeld will play an international assassin named Meghan (of course!) who opts for a normal lifestyle by faking her own death and enrolling in your average suburban high school. As you can imagine, she soon finds out that the life of your average teenager is just as complicated as her former career. Oddly, the Hopscotch Pictures and RKO Pictures film hasn’t given any clue as to who the rest of their cast will be playing, and I think we can safely assume none of these actors are going to play her fellow schoolmates. My money is on Huebel playing a ditzy physics teacher, while Harris is the school principal, and maybe Mitchell will play a coach. My predictions are gold, people!
If you don’t know who Rob Huebel is, you haven’t been paying attention to the world of comedy in the last few years. Throw a rock and you’ll hit a Huebel performance, whether it’s in films such as Hell Baby or Seeking a Friend for the End of the World or TV shows such as Childrens Hospital or Fox’s Axe Cop. He recently filmed the CBS pilot Jacked Up with fellow comedy maestro Patrick Warburton and will star in the comedian-filled A Better You from UCB veteran Matt Walsh.
Mitchell made his biggest splash back a decade ago when he started his three-year stint on Saturday Night Live. He recently starred in the Disney Channel sitcom A.N.T. Farm. He’ll soon be seen in Rita Merson’s romantic comedy There’s Always Woodstock.
Harris is another performer who has starred in several handfuls of shows and movies in the last few years, from New Girl to Wreck-it Ralph. She plays a mother in Jason Bateman’s spelling bee comedy Bad Words and has a pilot for ABC called Bad Management currently sitting around.
I actually can’t wait to see this, based more on Steinfeld’s talent and the new casting over the story itself, which sounds patently ridiculous. If high school girls are worse than terrorists, then I should have gotten into a different occupation.
No word from THR on when the film will go into production. While waiting, would you like to see a dead body?