The lovely Ms Elizabeth Banks is the latest to enlist in Lionsgate’s pre-natal class, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”. The Press Release follows :
ELIZABETH BANKS JOINS STAR-STUDDED CAST IN WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING
Lionsgate and the producers of the film adaptation of the worldwide bestselling book “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” are thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Banks (THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, W., THE NEXT THREE DAYS, “30 Rock” and Lionsgate’s upcoming THE HUNGER GAMES) has been cast to star with Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick and Rob Huebel in the film, which is expected to begin shooting mid-Summer 2011.
Based on the 16 million copy best-selling book, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING is an ensemble romantic-comedy in the vein of LOVE ACTUALLY and VALENTINE’S DAY. The film is a modern look at love through the eyes of four interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn’t always deliver what’s expected. Banks’ character is baby-crazy the author of a children’s book about breast feeding and owner of The Breast Choice boutique, she is militant in her beliefs about what makes a good mother until she gets pregnant for the first time.
Jennifer Lopez (MONSTER IN LAW, MAID IN MANHATTAN) will play Holly in one of the film’s the interlocking stories, a woman who adopts a baby from abroad with her husband after difficulty conceiving. Brooklyn Decker (JUST GO WITH IT, BATTLESHIP) will play Skyler in one of the film’s interlocking stories. The perennially perky character, who is married to a much older man, sails through her pregnancy with twins much to the consternation of her peers. Anna Kendrick (50-50, END OF WATCH, UP IN THE AIR and Lionsgate’s upcoming RAPTUREPALOOZA) will play Rosie in one of the film’s interlocking stories. Her character reunites with an attractive old flame after a turf war between their respective food trucks, and they embark on a funny, poignant journey together in the wake of a surprise pregnancy.
Rob Huebel (THE OTHER GUYS, DESPICABLE ME, I LOVE YOU, MAN and Lionsgate’s upcoming RAPTUREPALOOZA) will play Gale in one of the film’s interlocking stories, a member of a motley crew of new dads who congregate in a city park in what is considered part play group, part secret society. Kirk Jones (WAKING NED DEVINE, NANNY MCPHEE) is directing the film, which was acquired from a script by Heather Hach and re-written by Shauna Cross (WHIP IT). The film is based on the book by Heidi Murkoff that has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 500 weeks.
Lionsgate has worldwide rights to the film.
Roadshow Films will release What to Expect When You’re Expecting in 2012.