Here are RUSSH we have an insatiable appetite for all things Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Whether it's Crashing, Fleabag or her writing for Killing Eve, it's clear Waller-Bridge has the Midas touch. So when we caught wind that our favourite Brit had pulled out of what was going to be a remake of Mr and Mrs. Smith with Donald Glover, we were crestfallen. Not least, because it meant that there were no performances or projects careening towards us, with her fresh and well-observed comedy. But no matter! Phoebe Waller-Bridge has officially signed on to John Krasinski's new fantastical comedy Imaginary Friends for Paramount.
What on earth is this new film about? So far, all that Krasinski has revealed is that it revolves around a child rediscovering their imagination in a sort of super-power, adult, fantasy mash-up. At this stage, Ryan Reynolds will co-star alongside Krasinski who is also onboard as writer, director and producer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds can see and talk to people's imaginary friends, "befriending those that have been forgotten or discarded".
"However, some imaginary friends, lacking love and friendship, turn to the dark side, and it’s up to Reynolds’ character to save the world from those that become evil". Where Phoebe fits into this narrative, we're unsure; but a combination soup of her wry sense of humour and Reynold's sarcasm is one we're curious to taste.
As for the rest of the cast? Fiona Shaw from Killing Eve and who also played Aunt Petunia in Harry Potter, we might add, has also signed onto Imaginary Friends. Will she be saddled with another villain role? We're going to have to hold out until November, 17 2023 to find out. Production for the film will begin in winter next year. Watch this space for a trailer and the rest of the casting details.