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Anna Faris has had a pretty strange career path. She started out in the Scary Movie franchise, playing for laughs amid gross-out gags. Following that, she juggled small roles in lowbrow comedies (Waiting..., Mama's Boy) with small roles in indie dramas (Lost in Translation, Brokeback Mountain). The last couple years saw Faris' breakthrough to stardom in the sunny dumb-blond comedy House Bunny (she played a Mansion-exiled Playboy bunny) and the super-dark Seth Rogen comedy Observe and Report (she played a binge-drinking mall worker).
In contrast to the strange-and-sexy roles she's played so far, Faris' next couple projects look downright wholesome. This week, the actress announced her roles in two upcoming films. Wedding Banned, a Disney rom-com, will star Faris as the daughter of a divorced couple whose parents kidnap her on her wedding day. Robin Williams plays the dad who wants his daughter to avoid making the same mistake he did -- but this being a romantic comedy, everybody ends up falling back in love.
The other film, TMI, will place Faris opposite Ryan Reynolds (another B-lister who's rapidly moving up to the A-list). The two play a couple who overshare -- proving that "while honesty is the best policy for a relationship, 'too much information' might not be the best thing." Like Wedding Banned, it's a romantic comedy.
Is Faris placing a bid to be the next Meg Ryan? If so, she's changed her tune from earlier this year, when she told New York Magazine: "We’ve seen so many ambitious women in the last ten years of comedy, and their comedy comes from trying to balance guys and jobs and fashion. I want to play the girl that has zero ambition, the girl who’s stoned, playing video games, wearing the same things for weeks in a row."
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