To me any film starring the delightful Emily Blunt is made a joy by her very presence [well, maybe not The Adjustment Bureau, which really was abysmal], so The Hollywood Reporter‘s reporting of her probable next project after Disney’s Into The Woods [which I really can’t wait for] certainly has my interest. She is in talks to star opposite Rupert Friend in his feature directorial debut, a caper comedy entitled Barton and Charlie and Checco and Bill. It’s about a grifter who’s stuck in a rut and meets a woman who might change everything. They embark on a road trip adventure of con-artistry, disguise, lies and love while pursued by a Confederate newspaper mogul. Sounds like good, light frothy fun. Friend wrote the script and will produce alongside Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios and Margot Hand.
Blunt and Homeland star Friend last appeared alongside one another in the 2009 costume drama The Young Victoria. Friend replaced the late Paul Walker on Hitman:Agent 45?, while of course Blunt was last seen alongside Tom Cruise in Edge Of Tomorrow. I thought that film may have propelled Blunt into mega-stardom, but, partly perhaps due to Cruise’s declining popularity, it didn’t happen.
Barton and Charlie and Checco and Bill is due to begin shooting in Spring 2015.