Plus Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig & Adam Scott In ‘Friends With Kids’
Lots of Toronto first looks coming down the wire today, so we’ll keep it brief, but two of the more anticipated comedies that’ll bow at the festival just had their first official stills released. First up is “Jeff Who Lives At Home,” the second mainstream picture from The Duplass Brothers, who became indie favorites with films like “The Puffy Chair” and “Baghead,” proving to be standouts of the so-called ‘mumblecore’ scene, before getting to work with bigger names and budgets on last year’s excellent “Cyrus.”
Their follow-up to that film has been in the can for a while, having shot last year, and sees them working with two of the biggest names in comedy right now, Jason Segel and Ed Helms, as well as Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon. Segel plays the titular Jeff, who according to the official synopsis on TIFF’s website, “leaves his house on a banal errand for his mother (Sarandon) [and] discovers that the universe might be sending him messages about his destiny.”
The images see glimpses of Segel and Helms; not earth-shattering stuff, certainly, but we’re truly excited to see the film, which producer Jason Reitman will reveal at the festival as a special presentation. It looks like Michael Andrews will be scoring the film, and Fox Searchlight will release it sometime in the near future, before the Duplass Brothers move on to “Pitchfork,” with Jonah Hill and Sarandon.
Meanwhile, two of the stars of the biggest break-out comedy of the year, “Bridesmaids,” Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm, will be back together for “Friends With Kids,” written and directed by Hamm’s long-time partner Jennifer Westfeldt, who wrote and starred in indie hit “Kissing Jessica Stein” a decade ago. She also appears here, along with Hamm, Wiig, “Party Down” star Adam Scott, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Maya Rudolph and Edward Burns, for a film with the logline “When a few members of a close group of married and single friends start to have children, it has a big impact on everyone.” Check all the images out below, and we’ll be sure to have reviews when the festival kicks off September.