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Leslie Mann Joins 17
She'll play Zac Efron's... wife?!?

24 October 2007  |  Written by Tom Ambrose  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Leslie Mann – aka Mrs. Judd Apatow, and who was so good in Knocked Up – doesn’t often do comedies that aren’t associated with her husband. But she’s just signed on for one – Burr Steer’s 17.

Mann will play Scarlett, the wife of a grown man who finds himself transformed into a 17 year-old and forced to navigate high school again. Yes, it’s another body-swap comedy – let’s hope it’s more Big than Vice Versa.

Our waning confidence isn’t helped by the knowledge that teen titan Zac Efron is to play the titular teenager in question. Empire has yet to be convinced about the real star potential and talent of the High School Musical star, but – hey! - thousands of screaming, hormone-addled young girls can’t be wrong, right? Right?

Besides, Mann – a fine comedic actress, next to be seen in the Apatow-produced Drillbit Taylor – should be able to lend proceedings a certain vitality, even if scenes between her and Efron should be decidedly icky.

Meanwhile we’ll be keeping an eye on Steer, to see how he’s come along in this, his first film since 2002’s dark comedy, Igby Goes Down.

Jason Filardi wrote the script, and Hairspray director Adam Shankman – for whom Efron may now officially be considered something of a protégé – is one of the producers, along with Jennifer Gibgot. New Line is putting up the cash, desperately hoping that Efron’s 17 minutes isn’t up before the film’s release.

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She's hot!!!
Nothing like hot older mommas to make movies great!!! More

Posted by coomi01 at 18:44 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

So glad that Leslie Mann is in this because otherwise, it would be one of those naff teen movies. Also Igby Goes Down was really quite good and quirky which bodes well for 17 More

Posted by TufnellStHubbins at 15:30 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

Unfortunately, I can see Efron's smug fucking grin sticking around for a while longer. Aren't they doing an HSM3? We're all doomed. Disney have become too forgiving. Those Zack and Cody kids could be involved in some gay incest scandal and we'd still be putting up with their irritating antics for a couple of years. More

Posted by Glass3005 at 15:29 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

can't 'they' just let this whole body swap theme rest in peace? I'm pretty sure it was never that exciting a concept in the first place, just a novelty really. More

Posted by Bowl of Wrong at 12:29 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

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