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Being the star of The Office, Ed Helms has to choose his movie projects wisely. There's a limited amount of time he has between seasons of the NBC comedy and it's important that he makes them count. When I spoke with Helms earlier this year he told me that there are three factors that go into his selection process: "“Is this an exciting story that I want to be a part of? Are these people that I want to work with? And can I fit it into my schedule?” It seems that They Came Together and We're The Millers have fit the bill.
Deadline reports that Helms is now attached for parts in both films. The former title is the new movie from director David Wain and is based on a script he co-wrote with Michael Showalter. The film stars Amy Poehler - who last worked with Wain on Wet Hot American Summer - as the owner of a small business that starts to see her company fail when a major corporation moves to town. Paul Rudd will be playing the owner of the conglomerate and Helms will be playing Poehler's character's love interest, an accountant named Eggbert. Wain and Rudd reteamed just this year with the comedy Wanderlust.
We're The Millers is a different kind of story and also has a much smaller part for Helms. The movie, which has been in development for years now and will be directed by Rawson Thurber, is about an aging pot dealer (Jason Sudekis) who plans to retire after one last score that involves moving 1,400 pounds of marijuana from Mexico to the United States. The way he does this is by hiring a fake family that includes Jennifer Aniston as his fake wife. Helms will play a character named Brian who is Sudekis' boss and "who may be hiding something nefarious and shady."
While no start date is given for We're The Millers, They Came Together will start filming this July before The Office begins production on July 30th. Helms will also be filming The Hangover: Part III this September.