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Melissa McCarthy Cast in Knocked Up Spin-off


Melissa McCarthy Cast in Knocked Up Spin-off

‘Bridesmaids’ rising star Melissa McCarthy has been cast in the upcoming ‘Knocked Up’ spin-off, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The untitled comedy, which was at one point called ‘This is Forty,’ will reunite the actress with Judd Apatow, who produced the highest grossing female R comedy of all time.

Apatow is writing and directing the spin-off to his hit 2007 romantic comedy. The spin-off will follow forty-somethings Pete and Debbie, played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, respectively, as they raise their children. Debbie is the sister of Alison, the main female character in ‘Knocked Up,’ who was played by Katherine Heigl. There’s no word yet if Heigl or Seth Rogen, who plays Ben, the father of Alison’s daughter, will reprise their roles in the spin-off.

The character details of the spin-off, which is being produced by Barry Mendel and Clayton Townsend, are being kept secret. However, ‘Super 8’s Ryan Lee has also been cast, presumably as McCarthy’s son. He will reportedly attend the same school where Pete and Debbie’s children attend.

McCarthy, who appears on the CBS sitcom ‘Mike and Molly,’ will also reunite with her ‘Bridesmaids’ director Paul Feig in another film, an unconventional love story. She’ll also reunite with her ‘Bridesmaids’ co-star Jon Hamm in the film, which will be produced by Apatow.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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