'Bridesmaids' Star Melissa McCarthy Joins Judd Apatow's Next Movie (Exclusive)
Melissa McCarthy, a breakout star of Bridesmaids, and Ryan Lee, one of the child actors in Super 8, are joining the cast of Universal’s untitled comedy project being directed and written by Judd Apatow.
Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are reprising their characters of husband and wife from Apatow's Knocked Up in a new story by the writer-director-producer. Albert Brooks and Megan Fox are also among the cast.
Many of the character details are being kept secret but it is understood that Lee will play the son of McCarthy, a mom at the school that Rudd and Mann’s children attend.
Barry Mendel and Clayton Townsend will also produce the comedy, which at one point was working under the title This Is Forty.
McCarthy is riding high these days off of her raunchy work in Universal’s Bridesmaids, which has grossed more than $154 million domestic and was produced by Apatow. The actress, repped by CAA, Schiff Co. and attorney Mark Wetzstein, also stars on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly.
Lee played brace-faced-kid-turned-adventurer Cary in J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. He is repped by the Atherton Group, Principato Young Entertainment and Felker Toczek Gellman Suddleson.