While the Night at the Museum films seem like entertaining fare aimed primarily at the kiddie set, the Ben Stiller-starring franchise does consistently boast a wealth of comedic talent that appeals to plenty of adults, and it looks as if the next film the series won’t break that tradition.
The next film in the franchise (titled, quite simply, Night at the Museum 3) will return stars like Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Ricky Gervais to the wild, night-set, museum-centric action, and they won’t be alone when the next set of historical hijinks unfurl. Deadline reports that funny lady Rebel Wilson has now joined the cast, and the Aussie actress will play “the night guard at the British museum where the action takes place this time around.” The first film in the series was set in New York City’s Natural History Museum, with the action of the second film moving to Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution, so switching things up and going across the pond for more fun is both an obvious and a clever idea.
Wilson’s star has been on the rise in a major way over the past few years, thanks to hilarious turns in funny films like Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, unexpected contributions to offbeat pictures like Pain & Gain and Bachelorette, and disappointing but still bold work on sitcom Super Fun Night (which she created and stars in). Wilson is already on deck for the Pitch Perfect sequel and she’s started beefing up her voicework with roles in animated films like Ice Age: Continental Drift and Kung Fu Panda 3, so her schedule is certainly filling up fast and furious (hey, can we get her in a Fast and Furious film?), but a starring role in a well-established comedic franchise sounds like just the thing to get her still more exposure.
Night at the Museum 3 will be written by steady scribes Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. The film will also star Robin Williams and Steve Coogan.
Night at the Museum 3 is set to hit theaters during Christmas of this year, so now you’ve got something to see with your younger cousins that you just might all enjoy.
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