Lea Michele and Kate Upton are teaming up with William H. Macy for his upcoming road trip sex comedy The Layover. Macy is set to direct and appear in the film from a script by David Hornsby and Lance Krall. The writing duo previously collaborated on the hilarious FX comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, on which Hornsby is a writer, producer and co-star. Macy previously directed the rock-n-roll drama Rudderless in 2014.
Michele and Upton are set to play a pair of life-long friends whose dream vacation goes off the rails when their plane is rerouted due to a hurricane warning. While stuck in an extended layover in St. Louis, the pals find themselves competing for the same guy.
On the casting of his leading ladies, Macy says:
The minute I met Lea and Kate, the film began to focus for me. They are singular, ambitious funny women in full. This is going to be fun.
I have to say, everything about this rubs me the wrong way. God knows, if you’re stuck on a long layover, the only thing to do is get in a battle with your best friend over some random dude. Romantic comedies that resort to the “hot guy comes between two BFFs” plot-line tend to be among the most insipid of the bunch. It’s almost as bad as the career-driven woman who can’t possibly have time for love. However, this is William H. Macy’s gig, so I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt. The man is a fantastic actor, extremely well trained in theater, who always brings more to a role than expected. Hopefully, as a director, he can bring more to this film than expected, too.
Here’s the official press release.
LEA MICHELE AND KATE UPTON TEAM WITH WILLIAM H. MACY AND IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA WRITERS ON ROAD TRIP SEX COMEDY THE LAYOVER
Macy will direct and appear in the film in which Michele and Upton will star for Unified Pictures and Bron Studios
Vancouver, BC – March 25, 2015 – Lea Michele and Kate Upton will star in director William H. Macy’s road trip sex comedy entitled THE LAYOVER, it was announced today by producers Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures and Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios.
THE LAYOVER is written by David Hornsby and Lance Krall. The two have collaborated in the past on the popular TV series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for which Hornsby was the writer, executive producer, and co-star.
Michele and Upton will play a pair of lifelong best friends who decide to avoid their problems by taking a vacation only to find that their plane has been rerouted due to a hurricane warning. To make matters worse, the two friends find themselves in a hilarious battle for the same guy during an extended layover in St. Louis.
“We’re delighted to be working again with Bill Macy on his new feature, which will showcase his comedic talents,” said producers Kjarval and Gilbert.
“The minute I met Lea and Kate, the film began to focus for me. They are singular, ambitious funny women in full. This is going to be fun,” said director Macy.
Executive producers are Patricia Cox, who did the same on Macy’s Rudderless and Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media Finance.
Macy, who stars in the popular TV series Shameless, recently directed the film Rudderless, which closed Sundance and was acquired by Paramount Studios. He will also have a role in LAYOVER.
Lea Michele is well known to TV viewers as Rachel on the long running series Glee and has just started shooting Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens. Supermodel Kate Upton recently appeared in Fox’s box-office smash comedy The Other Woman alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.
Michele is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment. Upton is repped by WME and LBI Entertainment. Macy is repped by WME and Barry Greenfield at Altman, Greenfield & Selvaggi LLP.
WME Global will represent worldwide distribution rights.