Moviehole has snagged a fairly detailed synopsis and some casting breakdowns for “Blended”, the romantic comedy that reunites Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore (a third time, following “Fifty First Dates” and, before that, “The Wedding Singer”) with oft-used director Frank Coraci. The film is based on a script by Ivan Menchell & Clare Sera, with Sandler and Tim Herlihy doing revisions.
“Blended” will shoot in South Africa & Georgia from May 15.
Firstly, the synopsis :
Recently divorced mother of two boys, LAUREN REYNOLDS, and widowed father of three girls, JIM FRIEDMAN, have a disastrous blind date that puts them off dating for the foreseeable future. However, when the two purchase a discount “Familymoon” vacation from Lauren’s best friend and business partner, JEN, they wind up at an African resort with their kids in tow. Initially acrimonious, their relationship skews, gradually and irresistibly, towards romance…oducer is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Submissions for nondescript roles will be accepted for all performers, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, or disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.
At present, producers are on the hunt for young actors to play Lauren’s kids, Brendan & Tyler, and also Ginger, an Asian trophy wife.
Brendan is 13-14 years old, he’s Lauren’s son. “He’s a gangly, tough, working-class, rebellious kid “caught in the quicksand between boy and man.””, say the casting notes. “Also still hurting from his parents’ divorce, Brendan is delighted to go along on the African vacation — but not so thrilled to see the growing attraction between his mom and Jim. Brendan is initially creeped out by Jim’s daughter, Sophie, a tomboy who rubs him the wrong way. But Sophie’s also an excellent gamer, and during the voyage, the two find themselves bonding in a close new friendship that bodes well for their soon-to-be “blended” families.”
Tyler, 9, Lauren’s youngest son is “a wild, hyperactive kid who is always getting into hot water. Working-class and tough like his brother, yet he is deeply hurt by his father’s neglect, Tyler is always hoping against hope that his dad will show up for his baseball games — but without a guy to help him toss a ball around, Tyler’s a disaster at the sport. Later, while on the vacation, he bonds closely with Jim, a natural athlete who shows Tyler the ropes of baseball — and proves a vital male role model to his new young friend.”
Ginger is “a super-hot Asian trophy wife, who speaks with a thick Asian accent. She’s very optimistic and hopeful and isn’t phased by much, not even her new stepson’s coldness to her. Always one to be positive, Ginger thinks everything is “romantic,” her word of choice. She’s up for anything, from paragliding to couples’ massage, which makes her almost uncontrollably “hot”. *SPOILER* In the end, Ginger has a nice moment that shows she’ll become a great step-mom.” *SPOILER*
Guessing one of Sandler’s usual sidekicks, like Allen Covert or Rob Schneider, will play the man married to Ginger.