Joel McHale and Giovanni Ribisi Join Cast of TED
Watch out, James Franco. You’re not the only awards show host to bag a big film role. According to Deadline.com, Joel McHale, who is hosting the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards, is in final negotiations to join the cast of TED.
The movie also stars Mark Walhberg, Mila Kunis and Seth Macfarlane, who is also directing the live action comedy. McHale will play Rex, a sleazy boss who is always trying to put the moves on his employee (Kunis). She just wants to marry her boyfriend (Wahlberg), but won’t until he redefines his relationship with his teddy bear (yes, you read that, his teddy bear). The toy came alive during a childhood wish and has become a slovenly womanizing slacker.
McHale, star of NBC’s comedy Community, also continues to host E!’s The Soup and has three films coming out in 2011: The Big Year opposite Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson; What’s Your Number? with Anna Faris; and Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids reboot opposite Jessica Alba.
Meanwhile, /Film reports more casting news for the film. Giovanni Ribisi has also been cast in the movie and he will be playing a character named Donny, a man obsessed with the cursing, crass, living teddy bear. Ribisi is rarely the headline star of a film, but there’s no doubt that his presence in one tends to make it better. Whether it’s a supporting role in the biggest movie of all-time, Avatar, or playing a wacky sibling on Friends or co-starring in films like Saving Private Ryan, Lost in Translation or Boiler Room, Ribisi’s intensity raises the bar for everyone around him.
As for the bear itself, Ted, it will reportedly be voiced and even portrayed by McFarlane in full motion capture, according to Wahlberg:
I don’t know how much [Seth] wants me to tell but it’s about this kid who gets a bear for Christmas . And, you know, it’s the ’70s – it’s one of those Teddy Ruxpin-ish teddy bears where you squeeze it and it says, ‘I love you!’ The kid wishes and dreams that the bear would come alive – and a Christmas wish must be granted – and it does [come alive]
Seth McFarlane’s voicing the bear – the bear is gonna look like a little teddy bear, but it’s motion-capture. It’s like ‘Avatar.’ It’s never been done before. It’s insane – I mean, what the bear does.. The bear becomes famous, and that’s my ticket to getting things and living a life of privilege.
With a cast like that and a bear like that, this sounds like a film I’m definitely going to check out.
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