Not too many years ago, Reese Witherspoon was the go-to gal for romantic comedies and dramadies alike, but she hasn't popped up on the radar too often lately. Sure there was the McG helmed This Means War, but that didn't pan out as well as anyone wanted. Breaking news from The Hollywood Reporter may crack a smile on those who have missed seeing the Sweet Home Alabama sweetheart haphazardly navigate love, because she is now slated to star and produce in a new rom-com entitled The Beard.
Unfortunately the film is not centered around Reese waking up one morning to discover she's now growing a lush blonde beard by some curse or something, and of course she has a big date and a presentation at work where calamity ensues. Instead the title beard refers to a woman who is pretending to be dating a homosexual man as to create the illusion he prefers the company of women.
No further plot details were released. All this movie needs is Hugh Grant and it's nearly the perfect romantic comedy scenario. The film will mark the first feature script for TV writer Becca Greene (MTV's Good Vibes) and will be produced by Witherspoon and Peter Chernin.
This is news is so fresh, there isn't even an IMDB page for the movie. In addition to The Beard, we can expect to see Witherspoon in the forthcoming Devil's Knot, a drama about the West Memphis Three murder tragedy, and Mud, an indie drama also centered around harsh crime. Perhaps The Beard will be a lot more heavy than we know, if that trend holds true. Talk about gritty, am I right?