Kristen Wiig Joins Matt Damon In Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ After Reese Witherspoon Exit 🙁
Alexander Payne is setting Kristen Wiig to star with Matt Damon in Downsizing for Paramount Pictures. The lead role was originally to be played by Payne’s Election star Reese Witherspoon, but she has had to withdraw over scheduling. He then locked Wiig, the former standout Saturday Night Live performer who followed Bridesmaids with The Skeleton Twins, with the Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters coming July 15.
Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau are also set in a film that will start production in the spring. It’s Payne’s third film for Paramount, where he most recently directed the Oscar-nominated Nebraska. Downsizing tells the story of an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces people to a tiny fraction of their size and who moves to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.
Payne is producing with Mark Johnson. Wiig is repped by UTA and attorney Karl Austen.
Reese celebrates her 40th birthday today, and on behalf of all fans at Glamour Reese we’d like to wish her the happiest of birthdays!! Reese, thanks for entertaining us with your movies, putting a smile on our faces, and being such a positive inspiration. We wish you a special, relaxing day today, and continued success and happiness in the years ahead.
Reese fans, feel free to leave a birthday wish for Reese by posting a comment here, and let us know your favourite Reese moments from the last 40 years if you’d like. You can also tweet Reese herself a message on Twitter.
Reese celebrated her upcoming 40th birthday with a party in Hollywood on Saturday night, and was joined by endless celebrity friends, including Taylor Swift, Kate Hudson, Isla Fisher, Courteney Cox, Laura Dern, Cheryl Strayed, Chelsea Handler, Nicole Kidman, Olivia Munn, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Martin, Jason Bateman, Conan O’Brien…. A few of the guests, including Kate Hudson, have posted some snaps from the night on their Instagrams – see them below – and Vanity Fair writer Derek Blasberg has shared a video snippet of Reese singing along to ‘Sweet Home Alabama’! While we don’t usually post about Reese’s personal life here at GRW, this is harmless and fun enough to be ok 😉
Reese Witherspoon to visit Australia on speaking tour
Oscar winning Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon will visit Australia and New Zealand in July as part of a speaking tour.
The Legally Blonde star will be the headline speaker for The Simpatico Conference which aims to inspire women “to be more ambitious, self-aware, and confident”.
The US actress and film producer will visit Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland on July 12, 14, 16 and 18 respectively.
Tickets are not cheap – the two-day Australian program costs from $1997 for “The Delegate” package including meals and drinks, or for an additional $500 you can also get preferred seating and a VIP reception and photo with Witherspoon.
Witherspoon, who recently turned 40, owns a film production company called Pacific Standard which produced Gone Girl and also Wild. She also has her own clothing brand and is active in charities including Save the Children and Childrens Defence Fund.
“Reese Witherspoon embodies the philosophy of The Simpatico Conference. She is talented, intelligent, passionate, diverse and committed to making a difference,” said Simpatico Connection managing director Jacqueline Nagle in a statement.
“We are bringing a lineup of six incredible women who will inspire each delegate to be more ambitious, self-aware, and confident.”
Witherspoon’s last visit to Australia was in 2011 to promote her film Water For Elephants. In February she was filming her new HBO series Big Little Lies in Malibu, and is also set to join Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz on the movie Downsizing.
* The Simpatico Conference is on July 12-13 at the Brisbane Convention Centre; July 14-15 at Dockside Pavilion Darling Harbour in Sydney, and July 16-17 at Peninsula Docklands Convention Centre in Melbourne.
The 2010 Events section of the Gallery is now complete! As with 2009, we already had photos from all events, so I’ve just replaced several pictures with HQ versions and added some new shots. There are lots of fabulous photos of Reese posing with her kids and Bruiser Woods (RIP) at her Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony, lots of Reese looking beautiful at the How Do You Know Premiere, and over 100 gorgeous HQs from the How Do You Know press conference (always some of my favourites!). In terms of style, 2010 was the year of the cocktail dress, with Reese sporting a range of styles at the events she attended – my favourites were the EIF Benefit Evening, Vera Wang Boutique Launch, and Avon Gala dresses.
I’m continuing to work on the Public Appearances section of our Gallery, and have now completed the 2009 category. We already had photos from all the events Reese attended, but many have now been replaced with HQ versions, plus there are several additional photos too. The focal point of the year was the promotion of Monsters Vs Aliens which had a big world tour, and Reese also continued her work with Avon by attending events for them. I particularly love her looks at the Berlin photocall and premiere for Monsters Vs Aliens! Pictures from press conferences are always a highlight, too, and we have over 100 gorgeous HQs from the Monsters Vs Aliens one. As always – enjoy! 😀