Townies, set up at Universal Pictures, is set to star Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and follows a rivalry between a member of a college fraternity (Efron) and a local family man (Rogen). Byrne would play Rogen’s character’s wife.
This Is Where I Leave You, meanwhile, is based on the 2010 Jonathan Tropper novel, officially described as follows:
The death of Judd Foxmans father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family-including Judds mother, brothers, and sister-have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judds wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judds radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.
Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarchs dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.
As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, its a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judds father died: Shes pregnant.
Already set to star Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Kathryn Hahn and Corey Stoll, This Is Where I Leave You would feature Byrne in the leading female role, serving as romantic interest to Bateman’s character.
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