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In the wake of the massive success of Bridesmaids, offers flooded in for the film's breakout star, the Oscar-nominated Melissa McCarthy. She recently wrapped on Bridesmaids producer Judd Apatow's Knocked Up spin-off This is 40 and has since reteamed with Bridesmaids' director Paul Feig for a buddy cop comedy penned by Parks and Recreation writer Kate Dippold.
Fellow Oscar night golden girl Sandra Bullock will co-star in the movie with the working title The Heat, marking her first comedy since 2009, where she dazzled with The Proposal and flopped with All About Steve. As she did in the popular crime comedy Miss Congeniality, Bullock will play an FBI agent, but in this case an uptight one who's forced to team up with a brassy Boston cop (McCarthy) to take down a dangerous Russian mobster.
With a foundation that includes a hot director, a rising screenwriter, and two A-list comediennes, The Heat—or whatever it will eventually be called—is sure to attract a stellar array of supporting players, and chief among them is the always awesome Tony Hale. Variety reports Hale has signed on to play a john who gets busted by McCarthy's cop for soliciting a prostitute. Even in my imagination this is already brilliant.
Perhaps best-known as the bumbling brother Buster Bluth on Arrested Development, Hale has been adding a sly panache to a bevvy of TV shows and films, including Stranger Than Fiction, The Informant!, and the charming indie Happythankyoumoreplease, where he portrayed an unexpectedly dashing love interest. Whether he's playing a dumb, flustered or painfully sincere Hale is utterly engrossing, and so is an excellent addition to this comedy's cast.
The Heat is now filming and is expected to hit theaters in 2013. For more Hale in the meantime, check out Veep on HBO, and look for him to reprise his role as Buster on Arrested Development's upcoming seasons via Netflix.