Faris to Star in ‘Private Benjamin’ Reboot

Anna FarisNew Line is remaking the Goldie Hawn classic Private Benjamin with Anna Faris set to play the spoiled widow who joins the army and finds herself. 

Amy Talkington is in discussions to write the new take, to be produced by Mark Gordon, says The Risky Business blog.

One of the top-grossing movies of 1980, Benjamin earned three Oscar nominations — for Hawn, supporting actress Eileen Brennan and original screenplay (Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer and Harvey Miller).

The new take will set the story in contemporary times with modern wars as the backdrop. Insiders tell BIZ that the studio doesn’t want to poke fun at the men and women in the service or take political potshots, but rather focus on the empowerment elements and build on the fish-out-of-water comedy.

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