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Wahlberg and Franco Join Date Night

Published April 13, 2009 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Variety
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Steve Carell and Tina Fey have been given more company on the set of Date Night with the addition of both Mark Wahlberg and James Franco.

Mark Wahlberg and James Franco Join Date Night


20th Century Fox have added Wahlberg and Franco to the cast of Date Night, the Shawn Levy-directed comedy. Leighton Meester, Common, Taraji P. Henson and Kristen Wiig have also boarded the project.

If you think the cast is pretty ensemble, that's exactly what Levy was going for. After being spoiled by his cast for the upcoming sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Levy figured that having a lot of star names should signal some box office prowess.

Getting such an ensemble turned out being simpler than Levy expected.

"And people just kept saying yes," added Levy. "I think people just really wanted to work with Tina and Steve."


Penned by Josh Klausner, Date Night revolves around a married couple who find themselves in harm's way after their routine date night goes horribly awry.

In the film, Wahlberg plays a successful and crazily buff securities expert who flirts with Fey's character. Franco portrays a not-too-bright conman and petty criminal. Meester is onboard as the couple's babysitter. Henson plays the one good cop who believes the couple is in danger, and Common portrays a villain.

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