Jennifer Aniston heads to Robert De Niro’s pet project. The actress has been cast to top line The Comedian alongside the Oscar winner, her publicist confirmed to EW.
The script, penned by Art Linson (the De Niro-led What Just Happened?), follows a volatile aging insult comic (De Niro). He meets Aniston’s character at a wedding, sparking a close relationship.
Aniston last appeared in last year’s Horrible Bosses 2, reprising her role from the first. She is currently filming two other projects: the ensemble project Mother’s Day and Iraq war drama Yellow Birds.
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De Niro has eyed Linson’s script for a while. Sign of life on the project picked up in May when Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Donnie Brasco) was hired. He was then replaced by Taylor Hackford in July after a scheduling conflict. The screenplay’s written by Jeffrey Ross, he of Comedy Central Roast fame.
Filming is set to begin in New York in early 2016.
Deadline first reported the casting.