'Bridesmaids' actor, Lena Dunham added to cast of Universal comedy

Capitalizing on his breakout perf in Universal’s “Bridesmaids,” Irish thesp Chris O’Dowd is in negotiations to reteam with the studio and producer Judd Apatow, whose next untitled comedy also includes previous collaborators Lena Dunham and Charlyne Yi. Wyatt Russell, the son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, is also in negotiations to join the ensemble.

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are set to reprise the husband-and-wife roles they played in Apatow’s “Knocked Up.” They’ll be joined by Megan Fox and Albert Brooks, who will play Rudd’s father.

O’Dowd and Dunham will play employees of Rudd’s indie record company, while Russell will play a hockey player. Yi will reprise her “Knocked Up” character, Jodi.

O’Dowd has entertained a tidal wave of offers since playing Kristen Wiig’s law-enforcing love interest in Universal’s Apatow-produced “Bridesmaids.” Laffer recently crossed the $100 million mark. He previously appeared in “Dinner for Schmucks” and just starred in BBC mini “The Crimson Petal and the White.” Irish thesp has worked with Fox before, having recently wrapped Jennifer Westfeldt’s indie comedy “Friends With Kids.”

Dunham and Apatow are exec producing the upcoming HBO series “Girls,” which Dunham also wrote, directed and stars in, just as she did the Indie Spirit Award winner “Tiny Furniture.” Yi is an accomplished standup comic who recently starred opposite Michael Cera in the Sundance award-winning feature “Paper Heart,” while Russell will soon be seen in DreamWorks/Universal’s summer tentpole “Cowboys and Aliens.”

UTA reps all four thesps, as well as Apatow. O’Dowd is also repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and U.K.-based Gordon & French, while Mosaic reps Yi.

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