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With production on Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly's Dumb and Dumber To scheduled to start production soon, the production is finally getting around to filling out the cast beyond just Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. According to The Hollywood Reporter, today it's been revealed that three new actors have signed on to the comedy, with The Walking Dead's Laurie Holden, Days of Our Lives' Rachel Melvin, and character actor Steve Tom all taking big parts in the movie.
Based on a screenplay We're The Millers scribes John Morris and Sean Anders, the sequel is set 20 years after the 1994 original film and finds best friends Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne hitting the road again as the latter searches for his illegitimate daughter so that he can help her with a kidney transplant. While it's not entirely clear how they will fit into the main plot, the three new actors will be playing the Pichlow family - and going by the trade's report they are a clan that's chock full of issues. Holden will play Adele Pichlow, "who is secretly poisoning her husband, Dr. Pichlow (Tom) so she can run off with his money" along with the family's handyman. Also on her hitlist are her step-daughter Penny (Melvin) and Harry himself. The new actors are the first to come aboard since Kathleen Turner signed on in late August.
As THR notes, it's taken a long time for the film to get this close to production. We first heard serious hints about the project in 2011, and it's been a rough road since. In addition to reports that said Carrey was thinking about stepping away from the project, New Line and Warner Bros. actually dropped the film back in June, but then Universal Pictures and Red Granite picked up the rights. Back in July Daniels was quoted saying that production was being planned for this month, and we have no reason to believe that isn't still the case.
As a big fan of the original, I will say that I am still hesitant about being excited for Dumb and Dumber To. Even just ignoring the rough track record that comedy sequels have had in recent years (Evan Almighty, The Hangover Part II, Meet The Fockers, etc.), it's been a long time since the Farrellys have succeeded in making a genuinely funny movie, the last decade filled with titles like Stuck on You, The Heartbreak Kid and Hall Pass. The plotline for the sequel sounds fun and I like the prospect of Carrey and Daniels returning to play a pair of great characters, but it's still hard to be really looking forward to it.
With Dumb and Dumber To starting production soon, we can likely expect that the movie will be out sometime in 2014, but Universal has not yet announced a release date. Stay tuned, though!