After having to endure the mess that was “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” Harrison Ford is returning to less stressful world of comedy. According to Variety, the screen icon is teaming up with the recently prolific Rachel McAdams for “Morning Glory.”
Developed by Paramount, the feature will find Ford playing a morning news anchor who has a longstanding feud with his female counterpart on their failing morning show. The other anchor has yet to be cast, but McAdams will play an “aspiring” producer who tries to save their relationship and the show. “The Devil Wear”s Prada”s” Aline Brosh McKenna wrote the original screenplay and “Notting Hill”s” Roger Michell is set to direct. Intriguingly, J.J. Abrams, of “Star Trek” and “Lost” fame, is producing.
Considering the quality of the filmmakers, the choice for the third lead will no doubt attract suitable talent. Meryl Streep, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer all spring to mind, but how about reuniting Ford with his “Working Girl” co-star Sigourney Weaver? The three-time Oscar nominee (how easily we forget), is on something of comeback with a number of funny supporting roles over the past year and she”s said to have a prominent part in James Cameron”s anticipated new adventure “Avatar” coming out in 2010. If the part calls for witty bickering, there are few that can do it better than Weaver.
In the meantime, Ford will be seen next in the long-delayed drama “Crossing Over” (assuming it doesn”t head straight to the DVD bins). McAdams, on the other hand, is currently starring opposite Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law in “Sherlock Holmes” and appears in the new thriller “State of Play” this spring.
Production on “Glory” is expected to begin shortly after Hollywood gets over their fears of a potential Screen Actor”s Guild strike this January.