BRIDESMAIDS’ Chris O’Dowd Signed Up For Judd Apatow’s Next Film

If you’ve seen the British comedy The IT Crowd, then you already know that Irish actor Chris O’Dowd knows how to bring the funny.

But if you’re like most of America, you’re probably only just getting acquainted with the actor through his supporting role in last year’s Pirate Radio and more recently with his role as Kristin Wiig’s love interest in this summer’s comedy hit Bridesmaids.

And thanks to Bridesmaids’ producer Judd Apatow, you’ll be seeing more of O’Dowd on the big screen soon as Apatow has cast O’Dowd in his latest upcoming and untitled film. Previously known as This Is Forty, the film stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in their married Knocked Up characters.

Also joining the film with O’Dowd in this round of casting are Charlyne Yi, Lena Dunham and Wyatt Russell. It is unknown if Yi will be reprising her stoner Knocked Up character or if she’ll be playing a new role. Previously, Apatow has cast Albert Brooks in the role of Rudd’s father and Megan Fox in the film.

As a fan of O’Dowd’s work since I first discovered The IT Crowd two years ago, I have to admit to being pretty excited by this news. I thought his work in Bridesmaids was perhaps his best yet and I’m intrigued to see what he’ll get to do in this film.

Meanwhile, O’Dowd’s IT Crowd co-star Richard Ayoade is gaining notice in his own right for his feature directorial debut, the coming-of-age dramedy Submarine. Hopefully, their schedules won’t get too busy to preclude returning for IT Crowd’s planned fifth season.

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