10:04am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
'Late Late Show' Unveils Guest List: David Beckham, Chris Pine, Courteney Cox
As James Corden readies for the launch of his new CBS gig, The Late Late Show has announced its initial guest list.
In addition to Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis, who were previously announced as Corden's first guests, the Into the Woods star will chat with Chris Pine on the second night, and Get Hard stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart the following evening. Indie rock band Modest Mouse and soul singer Leon Bridges are set as the musical performances, respectively. Original episodes of The Late Late Show will only air Monday, March 23, through Wednesday, March 25, next week.
Set to appear on the show in upcoming weeks is CBS Corp. talent such as Homeland's Claire Danes, NCIS' Mark Harmon, Scorpion's Katharine McPhee, Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer and The Odd Couple's Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. Simon Cowell and David Beckham — both friends of Corden and his British showrunner and longtime friend, Ben Winston — are also scheduled to visit.
Other upcoming guests include Rob Corddry, Courteney Cox, Michael Douglas, Jeff Goldblum, Megan Mullally, Matthew Perry, Tig Notaro, Freida Pinto, Gordon Ramsay, Aubrey Plaza and Kerry Washington. Musical performances will be heard from Echosmith, George Ezra, Noel Gallagher, OK Go, Olly Murs, The Ting Tings and Jessie Ware.
Corden is following the format of The Graham Norton Show by having all of his guests come out at the same time, a formatting decision that has made the booking process slightly more challenging. "We’ve been surprised by how much people have embraced it though," Winston told The Hollywood Reporter. "The biggest names in Hollywood from Will Ferrell to Tom Hanks to David Beckham have all gone, 'We’re up for it. We think it’s refreshing and exciting.'" Of the handful of publicists who have been unsure of the idea, Winston hopes they'll come around to it, adding: "You only need to listen to Matt Damon on Graham Norton saying, 'This is the most fun I’ve ever had on a talk show.'"