Mark Wahlberg and James Franco are set to crash Steve Carell and Tina Fey’s “Date Night.”
Wahlberg and Franco have signed on for supporting roles in the Shawn Levy-helmed comedy for 20th Century Fox. Leighton Meester, Common, Taraji P. Henson and Kristen Wiig have also boarded the project.
Levy said that after landing a top-end ensemble for his upcoming “Night at the Museum” sequel, he aimed high in casting “Date Night” with the goal of populating all the supporting roles “with formidable actors.”
“And people just kept saying yes,” added Levy. “I think people just really wanted to work with Tina and Steve.”
Penned by Josh Klausner, comedy revolves around a married couple who find themselves in harm’s way after their routine date night goes horribly awry.
Wahlberg plays a successful and crazily buff securities expert who flirts with Fey’s character. Franco portrays a not-too-bright conman and petty criminal. Meester is onboard as the couple’s babysitter. Henson plays the one good cop who believes the couple is in danger, and Common portrays a villain. Wiig, who worked with Fey on “Saturday Night Live,” rounds out the cast as the actress’ best friend.
Levy and Tom McNulty are producing through their Fox-based 21 Laps banner.