Rose Byrne is one of those actresses who always pops up in things – Insidious, X-Men: First Class, Bridesmaids – without ever really hitting the big time. Now she’s got a couple more role she’ll hope will push her towards the a-list, with Townies and This Is Where I Leave You.
Universal’s Townies already has Seth Rogen and Zac Efron attached to star. Rogen will play a man who lives close to a fraternity house, which is led by the raucous Efron, and reaches a breaking point with their wild antics. Byrne is set to play the man’s wife, who’s the sensible adult in the relationship. The film will reunite Byrne with her Get Him To The Greek director Nick Stoller. Shooting is scheduled to begin sometime this spring.
This Is Where I Leave You is based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper, who also wrote the screenplay. Jason Bateman stars as one of four siblings who reunite when their father passes away. They learn that dad had one final wish, for the four of them to spend one whole week in their childhood home together, which they haven’t done in 10 years. Rose Byrne will play an old crush of Jason Bateman’s character. Tina Fey, Kathryn Hahn, Jane Fonda, and Corey Stoll also star. Shawn Levy directs with shooting due to start this June.