Kristen Wiig Joins Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; The Comedian with Robert De Niro to Follow
Posted 01.20.12 by Ryan
While she has declared she isn't working on Bridesmaids 2, Wiig has been selecting her next projects to shoot over the SNL hiatus this summer and has settled on two: a remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Comedian.
Starting in April, THR reports that Wiig will co-star with Ben Stiller in Walter Mitty, which Stiller will also direct. The remake has been in the works for years, and, at one point, had Mike Myers in the lead role.
Like the 1947 original, the movie will follow Stiller as a daydreaming magazine photo editor who finds himself wrapped up in an adventure when trying to find a missing negative. Wiig will play Stiller's co-worker and the girl of his dreams.
Wiig will then move on to The Comedian in June, a movie she has been attached to since October of last year. Wiig will play the redheaded love interest of failing comedian Jackie Burke (played by Robert De Niro, in his first role as a comedian since The King of Comedy in 1983), whom she meets while he is performing community service after hitting a heckler with a microphone.
The Comedian is yet another intriguing choice from Wiig, and will pair her with Sean Penn, who will direct from a script by comedian Jeffrey Ross (known for his work in Comedy Central Roasts) and Art Linson (What Just Happened?). Linson recently described The Comedian as "a romantic comic drama" to Vulture and weighed in on why he thinks Wiig is deciding on some many projects not titled "Bridesmaids 2".
I doubt that it’s a business decision for her. She can write, she can act; she doesn’t just "do funny," so I’d think it’s more likely that her thinking is, "I want to play with all these toys until the battery runs out."
Wiig has also said that she is "writing something else" with Bridesmaids co-screenwriter Annie Mumolo, but stressed it wasn't Bridesmaids 2. Considering her surprising choices of late, we'll guess it's something original and not something inspired by one of her SNL characters.