Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd will be reprising their roles of Debbie and Pete from the hit 2007 comedy ‘Knocked Up,’ Slashfilm.com is reporting. While the original film’s studio, Universal, is declining to call the follow-up as a sequel, prequel or even a spin-off, the two will once again be playing husband and wife in the first film by Judd Apatow, Mann’s real-life spouse, since 2009’s ‘Funny People.’

Apatow told HitFix that the new movie will be a stand-alone film. It will chronicle Pete and Debbie’s current life, much like last year’s ‘Get Him To The Greek’ chronicled the current life of Russell Brand’s character, rocker Aldous Snow. While that film made $88 million worldwide, it didn’t do as well as expected, as audiences were confused that it wasn’t a true sequel to the hit 2008 comedy ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall.’

Apatow added that he’s revisiting Debbie and Pete’s lives because “People really responded to their problems. I felt like there was a lot of ground I could explore with them.” There’s no word yet if Katherine Heigel and Seth Rogen will reprise their roles of Alison Scott and Ben Stone from ‘Knocked Up’ in the new movie, which is set to hit theaters on June 1, 2012.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd in Knocked Up
Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd in Knocked Up

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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