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Kristen Bell Joins Melissa McCarthy in ‘Michelle Darnell’

Kristen Bell will star opposite Melissa McCarthy in Universal’s upcoming comedy Michelle Darnell.

McCarthy is toplining the movie, which will shoot in March with Kathy Bates and Peter Dinklagealso in the cast. McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, is in the director’s chair.

The script, written by McCarthy and Falcone alongside their Groundlings collaborator Steve Mallory, centers on a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart with the help of a former assistant, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

Bell will play the former assistant, a mousy single mother who is trying to start a cupcake business.

Bates is already onboard to play McCarthy’s tough, wealthy and eccentric mentor whom McCarthy’s character wants so badly to emulate.

Darnell will be produced by McCarthy and Falcone through their On the Day production company, as well as by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay through their Gary Sanchez Productions. Gary Sanchez’s Chris Henchy will also produce, and Kevin Messick will serve as executive producer.

Erik Baiers and Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for Universal.

Bell is currently on Showtime’s House of Lies and returns to voice Princess Anna in Disney’s Frozen short, Frozen Fever. She was also was recently seen reprising the titular role in Warner Bros.’ film Veronica Mars. She’s repped by CAA.

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Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard Welcome Daughter Lincoln

It’s a girl for Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell!

“Lincoln Bell Shepard is here,” the Parenthood star Tweets. “She has mom’s beauty and dad’s obsession with breasts. Hooray!!!”
“My new roommate poops her pants and doesn’t pay rent…basically Dax pre-sobriety,” Bell adds. “Welcome baby Lincoln.”
Shepard, 38, and the House of Lies star, 32, announced the pregnancy in November.
Earlier this winter, Bell celebrated her baby shower while Shepard joked that he hoped their baby resembled his fiancée.
As for the delivery, the Veronica Mars star had big plans.
“I want a glass of whiskey, I want the epidural in my back,” Bell joked. “I want to get hit in the face with a baseball bat and wake me up when it’s over, because I’ve seen the videos and it looks terrifying.”

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