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Melissa McCarthy to star opposite Bill Murray in ST. VINCENT DE VAN NUYS

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 8:32 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Deadline reports Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play the female lead opposite Bill Murray in The Weinstein Company’s St. Vincent De Van Nuys. The film, based off the Black List script written by Ted Melfi has drawn comparisons to both As Good As It Gets and Silver Linings Playbook for its deft ability to inject genuinely human situations with organic comedy. McCarthy auditioned hard for the job, and her past work will be more than enough to get her hired.

Melfi will also direct the project, which gained a lot of ground when Murray agreed to play the titular role, admitting to Melfi that the character is Bill Murray himself at times. McCarthy will play his new neighbor, a single mother whose multi-shift hospital schedule forces her hand in asking De Van Nuys to look after her good-hearted 12-year-old son. Though the elder gentleman subjects the boy to much of his bad behavior, only the positive aspects are filtered through. Sounds like a winner, and with this casting duo the laughs should flow.

Before that, though, McCarthy will be promoting her reteaming with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig for the action comedy The Heat, which she stars in opposite Sandra Bullock, as well as her role in The Hangover Part III. She’ll soon begin filming Tammy, which she co-wrote and will co-direct with her husband Ben Falcone, where she’ll go on a road trip with a drunken Shirley MacLaine. St. Vincent De Van Nuys should begin filming in July.

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