Matthew Perry is a funny guy. His charm alone is (almost) enough to carry the stunningly self-important Studio 60, and before that he was great on some no-name sitcom with that chick from Office Space. His movie roles haven't been quite as successful -- I don't think we'll be seeing The Whole Eleven Yards any time soon, and you'd have to work hard to find romantic comedies as unmemorable as Fools Rush In, Three to Tango, and Serving Sara -- but he's giving it another shot. Perry will star with everyone's favorite Million Dollar Baby, Hilary Swank, in the independent comedy Laws of Motion. We all know Perry can do comedy, but Swank? Unless we're counting The Next Karate Kid, she's not the first person I think of when I want a hearty chuckle. We'll see if she can pull it off.
Perry will play "a husband struggling with life in a repressive career and community along with headaches caused by his free-spirited brother and sister." Swank will play "the all-too-perfect neighbor of Perry's harried character" -- a supporting role. Ben Foster is in negotiations to play Perry's brother. Foster is probably best known for playing Angel in X-Men: The Last Stand, but I immediately thought of the unbelievably whiny Russell on Six Feet Under. Laws of Motion will be co-produced by Hilary Swank Productions, which I am assuming is Hilary Swank's production company. The film is supposed to start shooting this month, but the press release doesn't mention a writer or director. Hopefully, they've got those minor details sorted out!