Want to know how big a hit Bridesmaids was? Read that headline again. Kristen Wiig will co-star with Robert De Niro in the drama The Comedian, to be directed by Sean Penn. According to a synopsis by FilmNation, which will handle international sales, De Niro will play Jackie Burke, a comic who once had a beloved TV character but is now past his prime and trying to revive his career. “After being sentenced to community service for hitting an audience member in the head with his microphone, Jackie meets Harmony (Wiig), a dazzling and defiant redhead who turns his life sideways.” Cameras are expected to roll in Spring 2012, presumably after Wiig wraps the current season of Saturday Night Live.
What do you think? It’s strange, but in an interesting way (as opposed to a “how did De Niro end up in New Year’s Eve?” way). I can picture Wiig as a woman who likes to poke at De Niro and shake him up, but this being a drama, it also sounds like she’ll get to stretch. Are you hoping this will be a great story for what she did on her summer vacation from SNL and she’ll return next fall, or do you think this is a sign that she’s risen above the show and should only return to host SNL to coincide with the movie’s release? (Either way, I hope De Niro hits SNL and they play Password.)