While Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann have already signed on to reprise their roles as Pete and Debbie in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spin-off, four more actors have signed on to join them. Chris O’Dowd of Bridesmaids; Lena Dunham of Tiny Furniture; Wyatt Russell of Cowboys & Aliens; and Charlyne Yi, who also had bit role in Knocked Up.
Yi will continue on with her previous role and O’Dowd and Dunham will be play employees at the record label that Rudd works at. Russell will play a hockey player, and we can also expect appearances from Albert Brooks and Megan Fox in some way.
We still don’t have much information about the actual plot, but we do know it will be set in the world of his 2007 film Knocked Up and could be titled This Is Forty.
Apatow had a few words to say about rejoining the world of Knocked Up: “People were really taken by [Pete and Debby]. I think people really emotionally connected to the challenges of their marriage and I thought, ‘You know, there were only a small portion of the movie’. I’m a television writer, so I always want another episode. I always want another 80 episodes. That’s why after Forgetting Sarah Marshall we said, ‘What else can we do with this character Russell Brand has created here?’ I felt that way about Pete and Debbie from Knocked Up.”
There is no word yet if Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl will also return.