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In just a few months, “The Hangover 3” kicks off production, star Ed Helms told Access Hollywood on Tuesday.
“We’re starting in September, I think,” Ed told Access Hollywood after helping out at the launch of Airtime, a new online friend video connection service.
Ed, who stars in the film franchise with Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper, said the gang got together for a call less than 24 hours ago, to talk about the upcoming project.
“It’s happening,” he said. “They’re in pre-production, and we just had a really fun call yesterday, with the cast and Todd [Phillips], the director. We’re gearing up. It’s gonna be awesome.”
The “Office” star said he is looking forward to reconnecting with his big screen pals to make the project, which is due out in 2013.
“When you read on the page, ‘This crazy thing happens to these guys…’ to me, I’m reading, ‘Oh, this is something really fun I get to do with my buddies,’” Ed said. “It’s like the most fun thing in the universe to make those movies, so we’re gonna crank up again and see what happens.”
It’s safe to say The Office’s Ed Helms faced one of the most daunting acting challenges of the past TV season — succeeding Steve Carell as the manager of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch. But while the show itself struggled a bit to find its creative footing in the post-Michael Scott era, the 38-year-old Helms — who has played the adorkably insecure Andy Bernard since Season 3 — never made his task look like work.
TVLINE | You were in the unenviable position of having to step in for Steve Carell. Did you feel the weight of that?
I never felt pressure to fill those shoes; I don’t think that’s possible for anyone to do. For me, it was just an exciting chance to take Andy to different places. The actual hierarchy of the office itself was altered by bringing in [James Spader]’s Robert California [as Andy’s boss], so there were enough differences that I didn’t feel like, ‘Here I am needing to fill a void.’ It was more like, ‘Here we go in a different direction — let’s see what happens!’ There were places [the story went] that I didn’t understand as well, but the work experience there is just so wonderful and rare. The Officeis about the best work experience you could ever hope for.
In March it was announced that the Wolfpack trio of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis will return for a third installment of their blockbuster comedy franchise, The Hangover Part III. Now, it looks like they’re headed south of the border. Makes sense…
An industry insider reveals to Life & Style that lot of the film will be shot in L.A., “but then they are going to do the crazy scenes in Las Vegas again and then one wild week in Tijuana.”
Director Todd Phillips has said that the third film is “going to surprise a lot of people with the final chapter we have planned. It will be a fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions.”
No word yet on whether or not Justin Bartha will be part of the festivities – or sidelined again. Hasn’t he earned his stripes by now?
The first Hangover saw the friends celebrating the upcoming marriage of Bartha’s character in Las Vegas, only to find the Wolfpack retracing their outrageous steps from the night before in search of their missing friend. The Hangover Part II followed a similar course, only this time it was in Bangkok for the wedding of Ed Helms’ character.
Production on The Hangover Part III is projected to begin in September.
With ‘The Office‘ guaranteed for a ninth season, the major cast (minus Mindy Kaling) locked down, and most of the Upfront week surprises over, a ninth season for the long-running NBC comedy seems by this point completely in order. Still, with Paul Lieberstein confirmed to step down as show-runner, what big talent just got an invitation to join, and what’s still left to fill?
Deadline has announced that Dan Sterling and Brent Forrester have been tapped to come aboard ‘The Office’s ninth season as executive producers, hand-picked by series creator Greg Daniels. Both previously worked with Daniels on his animated FOX comedy ‘King of the Hill.’ Additionally, Forrester has served as consulting producer on ‘The Office’ since season 3, while Sterling most recently co-created/executive produced Sarah Silverman’s NBC comedy pilot and served as a consulting producer on the HBO’s ‘Girls.’
Of course, that still leaves the question of who will take over actual show-running duties, the main rumor being that Greg Daniels himself will once again ascend the throne. With Paul Lieberstein departing to manage the upcoming Dwight Schrute spin-off, and both ratings and receptions somewhat stagnant, Daniels has been heading up a major creative overhaul for the series, which includes changes for existing characters and the introduction of new ones into the fold.
Apart from Kaling, who will leave to produce and star in her own FOX sitcom ‘The Mindy Project,’ all of ‘The Office’s main cast have been signed to return.