Sunday, July 5, 2015

Amy Schumer starring in, and writing, new Judd Apatow

'Trainwreck,' shooting now in New York, stars Schumer, with Apatow directing, and a cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, Bill Hader, Ezra Miller, and in some kind of cameo capacity, Daniel Radcliffe.

Amy Schumer starring in, and writing, new Judd Apatow

Amy Schumer attends the Ms. Foundation Women Of Vision Gala 2014 on May 1, 2014 in New York City.
Amy Schumer attends the Ms. Foundation Women Of Vision Gala 2014 on May 1, 2014 in New York City. Getty Images for Ms. Foundation

Judd Apatow, the writer/director/producer and comedy uber dude responsible in no small way for the careers of James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd and Katherine Heigl, is behind the camera in New York City right now -- directing comedian Amy Schumer in Trainwreck. Based on the Comedy Central star’s screenplay, and reportedly the story of a woman trying to put the pieces of her botched-up life together again, the film boasts an oddball aggregation of Apatow alums, indie film thesps, sports gods, rappers, Oscar nominees and, yes, Harry Potter.

Here’s a partial lineup of who’s orbiting Schumer’s character, one way or another, in the film: Brie Larson, Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Barkhad Abdi (the Oscar-nominated Somali pirate of Captain Phillips),  rapper Method Man, NBA all star LeBron James, storyteller and comic Mike Birbiglia, Marisa Tomei and Daniel Radcliffe. Although Apatow jokingly denied the Harry Potter star’s involvement in the film, a zillion cell phone photos of Radcliffe walking a mess of dogs through Central Park at exactly the spot where the Trainwreck crew happened to be shooting hit Twitter and Instagram, suggesting that the Brit, on stage on Broadway right now, does indeed have a role. Even IMDB says so.

Look for a 2015 release. Apatow's last film in an auteurial capacity was 2012's This Is 40. Schumer's famously raunchy stuff has mostly been observed on Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer, and other TV guestspots. Trainwreck will pretty much mark her feature film debut.
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

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