Nancy Meyers’ ‘The Intern’ Trades Tina Fey for Reese Witherspoon, Adds Robert De Niro

By November 8, 2013
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You should probably take a moment this morning to call up your mother to let her know that there have been some casting changes on her favorite’s director’s newest film. That’s right, the next Nancy Meyers joint is now set to hit theaters without the charms of Tina Fey – but all is not lost, because The Intern’s cast now includes Reese Witherspoon and Robert De Niro.

Deadline reports that Meyers’ The Intern, her newest original comedy, is now set to star Witherspoon in a role which had belonged to Fey as recently as April. De Niro has also come on board for the second lead role. The plotline of the film is both wholly Meyers-appropriate and a nice expansion of the Something’s Gotta Give and It’s Complicated filmmaker’s range, as it centers on the owner of a successful fashion website (Witherspoon) who is forced to participate in her own company’s Senior Intern Program. You see where this is going, right? Enter De Niro’s character, a widower who “shows up with a suit and a briefcase.” Horrors! Of course, De Niro’s character also once ran his own successful business, and the initially mismatched pair bond and a mentorship is born. Fine, it sounds pretty cute.

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The film’s package is currently making the rounds at the American Film Market, where it recently picked up financing from Worldview Entertainment. Deadline reports that three studios are “vying” to pick up the package, including Universal, Warner Bros., and The Weinstein Company. The outlet also reports that “this one really hits the mark [for studios] and the modest budget is making it catnip to suitors.” So it’s been making studio heads loll around on their carpet and purr? Sounds good to us.

With a cast like this in place, The Intern should have no problem getting paid. (Get it?!). Meyers hopes to start production early next year.

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