Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day Join ‘Vacation’ Sequel

By August 25, 2014

A new sequel to National Lampoon’s Vacation has been in the works for a long time, and writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Horrible Bosses, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) are making their directorial debut on the project. It’s experienced some delays over the past few months due to creative differences, but it sounds like the movie is back on track with Ed Helms playing Rusty, who’s all grown up and wants to take his family to Wally World, just like his dad did in the original film. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are making a cameo as Clark and Ellen Griswold, and now we have news of two more possible additions.

THR says that Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day are in negotiations to join the cast, with Hemsworth – who has apparently been wanting to make a comedy for a while now – playing “Stone Crandall, an up-and-coming anchorman and the husband of Rusty’s sister, Audrey.” (The role of Audrey hasn’t been cast yet.) Day will play a river-rafting guide, and his particular brand of flustered comedy sounds like it should fit in very well with the sure-to-be-antics that the younger Griswold family will experience. That will be a very small role, and we know Day has comedy chops, but I’m sure most people will be wondering if Hemsworth – who is super stoic as Thor – can ease up a bit and make us laugh.

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I spoke with the writer/directors last year during the press rounds for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and here’s what they had to say about the prospect of making a new Vacation movie:

Goldstein: It’s certainly daunting. It’s daunting because it’s this beloved franchise and we don’t want to mess it up.

Daley: Look, we know there are going to be people that hate us either way for even touching it. But we’re not trying to reinvent it or remake it at all. It’s kind of a continuation of the story of the Griswolds with Rusty grown up now, so I hope that any rational mind can appreciate that. (Laughs) We’re nodding to the original, which I grew up with, he grew up with, and we love – it’s one of our favorite comedies – and building off that.

I’m looking forward to seeing what these guys can do behind the camera, and time will tell if they’ll be able to put a modern spin on the old classic that will appeal to today’s audiences. Filming begins in September, so a late 2015 release could be an option. We’ll keep you posted when we hear more.

What do you think? Looking forward to seeing Hemsworth in a comedy?

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