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Rose Byrne Lands Roles In Townies And This Is Where I Leave You

Just last weekend Rose Byrne was down in Austin, Texas for the North American premiere of the comedy I Give It A Year at SXSW, and only just recently completed production on Insidious: Chapter 2, but she's not slowing down at all. In fact, she's only speeding up.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Byrne has signed on for big roles in two major upcoming films, This is Where I Leave You and Townies. The former will reunite her with director Shawn Levy (with whom she worked with on this summer's The Internship) and have her joining a cast featuring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, and Adam Driver.The story finds a dysfunctional family being forced to reunite after the patriarch passes with a dying wish: for them all to spend a week together after his funeral. According to the trade, Byrne will be playing "an old crush of Bateman’s character who happens to be a former wild child."

Townies, meanwhile, is a horse of a different color. Unlike This Is Where I Leave You, the new Nicholas Stoller-directed comedy is being described as a raunchy, R-rated comedy about a regular guy, played by Seth Rogen, who goes to war with a frat house near his home that's ruining his life. Byrne will be playing Rogen's wife, described by THR as "the adult in the relationship," while Zac Efron is also set to star as the leader of the frat. Filming is set to start in the spring before cameras roll on This is Where I Leave You during the summer.

Byrne also recently played a part in the Australian omnibus film The Turning and co-starred with Jason Sudeikis, Blythe Danner and Beau Bridges in the Sean Mewshaw's upcoming romantic comedy Tumbledown.

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.