Leslie Mann Joins New Line’s ‘Vacation’ Sequel as Audrey Griswold

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Leslie Mann is joining the cast of New Line’s “Vacation” sequel opposite Ed Helms and Christina Applegate.

Shooting is set to start next week in Louisiana with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein making their directorial debut from their script. Helms is starring as Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Clark Griswold (portrayed by Chevy Chase in the 1983 film), who takes a family trip similar to the one he took as a boy.

Mann will play Rusty’s sister Audrey Griswold, who was played by Dana Barron in the 1983 original. Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins have been tapped as Rusty Griswold’s sons in the reboot and Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day are in negotiations to appear.

Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, who played Clark Griswold’s wife in the original, are on board to appear.

Chris Bender and David Dobkin are producing. Jeff Kleeman is exec producing.

Mann last starred in the comedy “The Other Woman” with Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton. She is repped by CAA.

The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Justin says:

    I hope the idiot who wrote this article reads these comments…. If Chevy and Beverly are reprising their roles in this version, then it’s a SEQUEL!!!!! Must be they are reporting on something they have no clue about.

  2. There is no way they are going to be able to match the shear perfection of the original cast. Anyone other than Imogene Coca as Aunt Edna…BLASPHEMY!

  3. jack says:

    Is this actuall a reboot? or just part what 5?

  4. Jacquie says:

    They could have brought back Anthony Michael Hall!

  5. Why does a perfect movie (Vacation) need a reboot?

  6. Asher says:

    Please bring back Jane Krakowski as cousin Vicki!

  7. 1st off this isnt a reboot, its a sequel.

    2nd off audrey is a brunette in all 3 of the original films, not a blonde. did these 2 asswads even see the original movies? theyre picking someone with none of the characteristics of audrey to play audrey. shes supposed to be a subtle apathetic bitch who delivers slow humor. leslie mann is a loud mouth over the top clown and the only reason shes continuously in comedies is because her husband puts her in all of his own movies. she seems to only have 1 dimension of character she can play in every film and its just tired at this point

    3rd: theyre getting two people with no directorial experience, one of whos only real film credits are working on a nickolodeon show as the writers AND directors of this? this is their replacement for john hughes?!?!?!?!?!? jesus christ. the only hope this movie has is John Francis Daley since his other films hes screenwritten for were actually funny

    and juliet lewis is the right age to play the sister so why completely replace her if theyre bringing old cast back? this film has trainwreck written all over it

    • Erica says:

      I think you make very valid points, but don’t forget…the children are different in each and every film which I think was done on purpose. I didn’t even think about the hair color thing. Maybe she will wear a wig or dye it or something. Guess we are just going to have to wait and see.

      I am quite happy that Chris Hemsworth may be part of this…. :)

  8. Anthony says:

    WRONG. What made “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” great was the writing! Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid were terrific, but even great actors can’t save a bad script. Good luck trying to come up with a better script. JOHN HUGHES IS IRREPLACEABLE!

  9. Al Fredo says:

    I would WAY rather see Chevy and Beverly with 2 new kids instead of this. The trailers had better be hilarious or I’m not even giving it a chance.

  10. Bill says:

    Part of what made the original series of “Vacation” films work is that other than Chase and D’Angelo, the balance of the Griswold family was played by relative unknowns, allowing the films to be shot on a budget and recoup the investment handsomely whether in the theatre or via home video sales.

    With this cast, WB is looking at a significant effort to even break even.

    • digg says:

      only problem with your theory is that MOST of the supporting cast in all of the “Vacation” films were not unknowns — they even had Emmy,Tony, and Oscar noms (plus wins) under their belts.

  11. Just awful. Tired of Mann’s shtick, and hate both this casting as well as Helm’s, who’s just going to be playing Andy Bernard all over again.

  12. Andy says:

    If Helms is playing the SON of Clark Griswold (and not Clark himself), then this is really a sequel or continuation of the Vacation franchise, rather than a reboot. “Vacation: The Next Generation” at the most.

  13. Jonfen says:

    As much as I dig Mann… they’re aware Juliette Lewis still acts, right?

    • jhs39 says:

      Juliette Lewis is cool but they appear to be going for people who specialize in comedy–maybe in the hope that a lot of funny people in the cast will help to overcome any problems with the script.

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