Damon Wayans Jr. Joining 'How to Be Single' (Exclusive)

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Damon Wayans Jr.

The 'New Girl' actor joins Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann in the New Line ensemble film.

New Girl star Damon Wayans Jr. is in talks to join New Line's romantic comedy How to Be Single.

Christian Ditter (Love, Rosie) will helm the film, which is based on the novel of the same name by Liz Tuccillo, published by Atria in 2008.

Dakota Johnson, Lily Collins, Alison Brie, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann are already attached to the film, which will be released just in time for Valentine's Day on Feb. 12, 2016. It's slated to shoot in April.

The film is an ensemble comedy, said to be similar in style to other projects with multiple, intersecting storylines like He's Just Not That Into You and Valentine's Day. The story focuses on singlehood from both the female and male perspectives and suggests it is not our relationships but our single times in between that define us. Topics of single life that will be explored include blind-dating, when to get married, casual sex and fear of commitment.

Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein wrote the original draft, and Dana Fox worked on the current draft.

Fox and John Rickard are producing, while Marcus Viscidi, Nancy Juvonen and Drew Barrymore are executive producing. Michael Disco and Dave Neustadter are overseeing the comedy for New Line.

It was recently announced that Wayans will exit Fox's comedy series New Girl after the current fourth season. He had originally appeared in the series' pilot but had to leave the show when Happy Endings was renewed. When Happy Endings was canceled, he rejoined New Girl in a recurring status in 2013 before becoming a regular soon after.

On the film side, Wayans most recently starred in Fox's 2014 comedy Let's Be Cops and voiced a character in Disney’s animated hit Big Hero 6. He's repped by WME and Mosaic.

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