Is Anna Faris the new go to girl for female focused versions of male-driven comedies? Two weeks ago we learned the “House Bunny” actress will co-star with Jennifer Garner in “The Bachelorette Party,” a comedy pitched as a female version of “The Hangover."
She remains a rumored choice for the role of the first female Ghostbuster in “Ghostbusters III.” And now she’s set for an R-rated rom-com titled “What’s Your Number?” that sounds loosely like a woman’s take on “High Fidelity.”
According to Variety , Anna will play a woman who realizes she’s had too many sexual partners and so pays a visit to all her ex-loves in order to “find the man of her dreams.” Basically, she’s desperate to settle down and believes one of these former boyfriends was the one that got away. She’s just not sure which. Along for the personal journey is her playboy neighbor (Chris Evans). Who wants to bet she falls for him rather than on one of the exes?
Anna and Chris are a promising pairing. Both are underrated performers who make their fair share of Hollywood fluff (she’s best known for the “Scary Movie” franchise, while he’s best known for “Fantastic Four”), yet each has shown real acting talent in dramatic films like “Brokeback Mountain” and “Sunshine,” respectively. Anna is still primarily a brilliant comedic force, even in serious fare, so it’s not like this talent is wasted on romantic comedies. If anything, she raises the profile of the genre.
“What’s Your Number?” is based on Karyn Bosnak’s debut novel “20 Times a Lady,” which was first adapted by Bosnack and then polished by sitcom writers Jennifer Crittenden (“Seinfeld”) and Gabrielle Allan (“Scrubs”). “Entourage” producer and director Mark Mylod will begin shooting the movie this May.
By Christopher Campbell