New Role for Elizabeth Banks

New Role for Elizabeth Banks

Lionsgate and the producers of the film “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” are thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Banks (THE NEXT THREE DAYS, “30 Rock” and Lionsgate’s upcoming THE HUNGER GAMES) has been cast to star with Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick and Rob Huebel in the film, which is expected to begin shooting in Northern mid-Summer 2011. More after the jump.

Based on the best-selling book, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING is an ensemble romantic-comedy in the vein of LOVE ACTUALLY and VALENTINE’S DAY. The film is a modern look at love through the eyes of four interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn’t always deliver what’s expected.

Banks’ character is baby-crazy author of a children’s book about breast feeding and owner of The Breast Choice boutique, she is militant in her beliefs about what makes a good mother until she gets pregnant for the first time. Jennifer Lopez (MONSTER IN LAW, MAID IN MANHATTAN) will play Holly, a woman who adopts a baby from abroad with her husband after difficulty conceiving. Brooklyn Decker (JUST GO WITH IT, BATTLESHIP) will play Skyler. The perennially perky character, who is married to a much older man, sails through her pregnancy with twins much to the consternation of her peers. Anna Kendrick (UP IN THE AIR and Lionsgate’s upcoming RAPTUREPALOOZA) will play Rosie. Her character reunites with an attractive old flame after a turf war between their respective food trucks, and they embark on a funny, poignant journey together in the wake of a surprise pregnancy.

Rob Huebel (DESPICABLE ME, I LOVE YOU, MAN and RAPTUREPALOOZA) will play Gale, a member of a motley crew of new dads who congregate in a city park in what is considered part play group, part secret society.

Kirk Jones (WAKING NED DEVINE, NANNY MCPHEE) is directing the film, which was acquired from a script by Heather Hach and re-written by Shauna Cross (WHIP IT). The film is based on the book by Heidi Murkoff that has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 500 weeks.

Lionsgate has worldwide rights to the film. Roadshow Films will release What to Expect When You’re Expecting in 2012.

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