The latest upcoming project from Shawn Levy (director of Night at the Museum, The Pink Panther and Cheaper By The Dozen) is a comedy based around a married couple and what happens when their routine date night goes awry. The film is surprisingly called Date Night and will star Steve Carrell and Tina Fey in the main roles. Given all that, Variety have just revealed that James Franco and Mark Wahlberg are set to appear alongside the comedy couple in supporting roles.
Levy said that after landing a top-end ensemble for his upcoming "Night at the Museum" sequel, he aimed high in casting "Date Night" with the goal of populating all the supporting roles "with formidable actors."
"And people just kept saying yes," added Levy. "I think people just really wanted to work with Tina and Steve."
Wahlberg plays a successful and crazily buff securities expert who flirts with Fey's character. Franco portrays a not-too-bright conman and petty criminal.
James Franco did a wonderful job last year in Pineapple Express. He showed that he definitely has the comedic talent to support a big tent pole comedy such as this. Wahlberg however is somewhat of an unknown quantity for me, a quick look at his IMDB page shows that the only comedy he's really done was I Heart Huckabees, and to be honest I don't remember if he's any good in it. What I am most concerned about though is Shawn Levy the director, Night at the Museum was average at best and his previous films have all been completely unfunny if passable as family films. The film seems to be gathering a lot of talent, but is it going to be wasted in the end?