June 28, 2017

Kristen Wiig joining Ben Stiller in “Walter Mitty”?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As much as Universal would like her to move on to a “Bridesmaids” sequel, it sounds like Kristen Wiig’s more interested in joining Ben Stiller for his next comedy.

The “Saturday Night Live” star is close to joining Stiller in his remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” for 20th Century Fox. Wiig would play Stiller’s co-star, who happens to be the girl of his dreams, THR reports.

“Mitty” remakes a Danny Kaye comedy from 1947 about a man who escapes his humdrum reality by daydreaming strange adventures. Stiller will direct as well as star.

Wiig was flirting with a “Bridesmaids” sequel, though I’m thrilled she’s leaving that project alone. The first one, though very successful, was comedic lightning in a bottle, and I don’t see the need for another “Bridesmaids” story just to cash in on the original’s success.

Wiig is in negotiations. We’ll see if Stiller and Fox are able to close the deal.

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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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