Matthew Morrison and Joe Manganiello Join What to Expect When You're Expecting; Manganiello Discusses His Role
07.16.11 by Ryan
Lionsgate has added two new actors to its growing ensemble of What to Expect When You're Expecting, the adaptation of Heidi Murkoff's best-selling pregnancy guidebook. The studio is planning to turn the book into a romantic comedy that focuses on four interconnected couples that are going through the tribulations of expectant parenthood. The cast already includes Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Rock and, the studio has just announced, Glee's Matthew Morrison.
Morrison will play a character named Evan who is teamed up with Diaz on a popular celebrity dance show. Through the show the two characters fall in love and, eventually, become pregnant, while the two are in the national spotlight.
Morrison isn't the only TV actor added to the cast. EW reports that True Blood's Joe Manganiello has joined the movie as well.
Manganiello will play Davis, a surfing photographer who is a real ladies' man. While talking to THR, Manganiello revealed that his character is the envy of the fathers in the movie.
They basically hang out and complain about how their lives used to be. They aren’t cool now, because they’re dads. I play the perpetually single, sunbathed, world-traveling, surfing photographer who hangs out at the park where they have their support group and they basically worship this guy.
Manganiello, who at one point was reportedly in contention for the role of Superman in director Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel, was happy to take part in a comedy. "I’m really looking forward to [it]," said Manganiello.
The script was really fun and there were some fantastic A-List people attached to it. So, I get to work with some of those people and a lot of my stuff is with Chris Rock, who I am huge fan of and I quote his standup constantly. So, that in and of itself is fun.
What to Expect When You're Expecting was initially written by Heather Hach (Freaky Friday) and rewritten by Shauna Cross (Whip It). Kirk Jones (Everybody's Fine, Waking Ned Devine) will direct. Production is set to begin shortly and the movie is scheduled to open on May 11, 2012.