Can you believe it’s been three years since Judd Apatow’s last directed film, This is 40, was released in theaters? The director who practically single-handedly changed the R-rated comedy game with his directorial debut The 40-Year-Old Virgin is returning to the big screen next month, but is changing the formula up a bit. Known for casting everyman types as the leads in his films, Apatow’s next film, Trainwreck, will have a female protagonist, answering the question that’s sure to be on everyone’s minds: Can Judd Apatow find the same success with a female lead?
Short answer: yes, especially when one of comedy’s top ladies is in the role. Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) stars as Amy, a commitment phobe focused on her career as a fluff magazine writer. When she’s assigned to write a profile on a sports surgeon (Bill Hader), she suddenly finds herself falling for him, despite learning from an early age that “monogamy isn’t realistic.” As you can expect from Apatow, the trailer is filled with sex jokes and pop culture references, as well as appearances from LeBron James and WWE star John Cena. One of my favorite indie actresses, Brie Larson (Short Term 12), also leads a supporting cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Dave Attell, and Ezra Miller (The Stanford Prison Experiment).
Trainwreck will be crashing into theaters on July 17th.