Comic plays 'Back-Up' as BFF


Comic Michaela Watkins has been cast in CBS Films' romantic comedy "The Back-Up Plan" opposite Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin.

Watkins will play Mona, the longtime best friend of Lopez's character, a fed-up wannabe mother who meets a promising romantic prospect the same day she receives artificial insemination. Their confusing courtship progresses in time with the woman's expanding tummy secret.

Kate Angelo ("Will & Grace") wrote the screenplay, and Alan Poul ("Six Feet Under") is directing.

The movie will be CBS Films' first feature release, set to hit theaters in January. Principal photography begins May 11 in Los Angeles.

Watkins, repped by APA and Flutie Entertainment, recently joined "Saturday Night Live" and is a member of the Groundlings comedy troupe. Her TV credits include "The New Adventures of Old Christine," "Californication" and "Medium." Her next feature is the comedy "The Prankster." (partialdiff)