Web series star joins Warner Bros. comedy
Lela Loren, who can currently be seen in the Bryan Singer-produced Web series “H+,” has joined the cast of “The Hangover Part III,” which Legendary Pictures is co-financing with distributor Warner Bros.Todd Phillips is back to direct, with cast members Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis returning. Franchise newcomers include John Goodman and Melissa McCarthy, the latter of whom is in talks for a small role, as Variety first reported on Wednesday. Loren will play a police officer in the sequel, though the nature of her character’s interaction with the main cast remains under wraps. Craig Mazin co-wrote the script with Phillips, who is producing with Daniel Goldberg. Legendary’s Thomas Tull exec produces with Scott Budnick. Production is under way; WB plans to release the pic on May 24. Loren will soon be seen alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jon Bernthal in Ric Roman Waugh’s “Snitch.” In addition to guest spots on a TV shows including “Lost” and “The Shield,” she previously appeared in Mike Binder’s “Reign Over Me” with Don Cheadle. Loren is repped by SDB Partners and Inspire Entertainment.