March 24, 2017

Ryan Seacrest wants a role in ‘New Year’s Eve’


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: He’s back on our television sets every week as host of the still-popular “American Idol.” But Ryan Seacrest’s currently negotiating a return to the big screen where – just like in “Knocked Up” – he’d play himself.

New Line confirms news that Seacrest is figuring out how to cameo in Garry Marshall’s star-studded “New Year’s Eve,” a romantic comedy that already boasts Sarah Jessica Parker, Lea Michele, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Abigail Breslin, Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Sofia Vergara, Zac Efron, Jon Bon Jovi, and Robert De Niro.

So basically, all of Hollywood.

Adding Seacrest makes sense, as he has become a television fixture on New Year’s Eve. He’s not the only one being considered, however, as EW.com says Ice Cube wants to play a cop and Josh Duhamel has signed on to play one of the many male leads.

EW, in reporting about the potential casting, lobbies that Seacrest deserves bigger parts in different films where he doesn’t have to play himself. “Yes, it would be difficult as a moviegoer to separate Ryan Seacrest, famous American Idol host, from whatever character he might play, but that would also be part of the attraction,” Kate Ward writes. “Could Seacrest convince you that he’s a sensitive fella in a rom-com, and not the same guy who traded insensitive barbs with Simon Cowell year after year? Could he convince you that he’s a homicidal maniac on a Law & Order episode (fingers crossed!), and not someone who perpetually sticks up for the downtrodden after they’ve been incinerated by the panel?”

That day may come. For now, Seacrest will have to compete for screen time with 900 other actors as “New Year’s Eve” celebrates on cinema screens this December.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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