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Megan Mullally Joins Bryan Cranston-James Franco Comedy ‘Why Him?

13 January 2016 7:07 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox has cast Megan Mullally in the Bryan Cranston-James Franco comedy “Why Him?” to portray the wife of Cranston’s character.

John Hamburg is directing from a script he co-wrote with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy is producing through his 21 Laps banner along with Ben Stiller through his Red Hour company.

The story centers on a down-to-earth Midwestern father who takes his family to visit his daughter — who is attending Stanford — at Christmas and subsequently gets into a competition with his daughter’s boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire played by Franco.

Dan Levine, 21 Laps president, is overseeing the project along with Fox’s Jeremy Kramer. Production is set to begin February in Los Angeles.

Franco first joined the project early last year, Variety reported.

Cranston came on board a few months later. He starred in Franco’s drama “In Dubious Battle,” which is in post-production, and has received strong »

- Dave McNary

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Bryan Cranston And James Franco Comedy Flick Why Him Casts Griffin Gluck

13 January 2016 12:00 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Fox comedy Why Him? has cast of its central characters today in Griffin Gluck, the up-and-comer best known for his roles across Back in the Game and teen musical dramedy Red Band Society.

Word comes by way of Deadline, who report that Gluck has joined a cast that already boasts both James Franco and Trumbo star Bryan Cranston in key roles. In essence, the John Hamburg-directed film centers on the bitter rivalry that spawns between the two leads when, after travelling across country to visit his daughter at college, Cranston’s mild-mannered patriarch is left competing for his daughter’s attention with Franco’s obnoxious and brash billionaire.

So far, so perfect casting. Cranston may have spent five seasons as the apex predator of Albuquerque, but the Emmy award-winning actor has honed his talents portraying the underdog dad in Malcom in the Middle, and Why Him? looks set to »

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