*This summer, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and director Paul Feig (creator of television’s Freaks and Geeks) invite you to experience what happens when best friends forever meet the wildest Bridesmaids ever.
(Scroll down to watch the film’s trailer.)
Kristen Wiig (TV’s Saturday Night Live) leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her closest friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph of Away We Go), and a group of colorful bridesmaids—Helen (Rose Bryne of TV’s Damages), Rita (Wendi McClendon-Covey of TV’s Reno 911!), Becca (Ellie Kemper of TV’s The Office) and Megan (Melissa McCarthy of TV’s Mike & Molly)—on a wild ride down the road to matrimony.
Annie’s life keeps coming up short. But when she discovers her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie dives into all of the required rituals as she gets to know the other ladies in the bridal party, including one particular rival (Helen) who is perfectly poised to fulfill all the duties that Annie struggles through. As she brings Lillian’s bridesmaids along on an escalating series of disasters, Annie realizes the person who knows her the best has introduced her to four strangers who will shake up her life for good.
When casting the bride-to-be, Lillian, the team turned toward a longtime friend of Wiig’s and past partner-in-crime of hers on SNL, Maya Rudolph. “Maya and Kristen’s friendship came through beautifully,” says Feig. “It was important for Lillian to have a real relationship with Annie because the camera is an honesty detector that picks up on those little signs of authenticity. The natural energy of their friendship comes through and lifts up the premise of the movie, which is what happens if you think you’re about to lose your best friend. You want to feel like they’ve known each other forever, and you don’t need a lot of dialogue setup if they’ve known each other for this long.”
Rudolph was not only keen to play Lillian, a character she refers to as “the glue to these women,” she was eager to work once again with Wiig, with whom she has been close since their days at Saturday Night Live together. Rudolph says: “When you know somebody well, you have a shorthand. It’s so much fun to incorporate it into this film, because it makes it feel real…not just for the audience, but for us as well. Kristen and I have this strange way of talking to each other and making each other laugh, and you can see it throughout the movie. When do you get the opportunity to do that with somebody who shares the same brain?”
Joining the ladies in Bridesmaids in supporting roles is a collection of comedy performers that include CHRIS O’DOWD (U.K. television’s The IT Crowd) as Annie’s Irish-born suitor, Officer Rhodes; Mad Men’s JON HAMM as Ted, the jerky object of Annie’s affection; U.K. television’s Little Britain MATT LUCAS as Annie’s odd roommate, Gil; REBEL WILSON as Gil’s odder sister, Brynn; MICHAEL HITCHCOCK as Annie’s jewelry store boss, Don; KALI HAWK as Don’s favorite employee, Kahlua; TIM HEIDECKER as Lillian’s fiancé, Dougie; TERRY CREWS as the boot camp instructor who chases Lillian and Annie away; and the late legendary actress JILL CLAYBURGH as Annie’s mother, Judy.
For more go to: www.bridesmaidsmovie.com