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Judd Apatow Turns to Familiar Faces for Next Feature

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Mar 10, 2008 | 5:40am EDT

The prolific Judd Apatow has lined up a cast of familiar faces for his next stab at directing: Adam SandlerSeth Rogen and Leslie Mann will team for the as-yet-untitled project. According to Variety, the comedy should start production in late summer or early fall.

This will be Apatow’s first directing turn since last year’s hit Knocked Up. He is also the sole writer on the film and is keeping plot details hush-hush.

Rogen and Mann (who is married to Apatow in real life) starred in Knocked Up and Apatow’s previous film as director, The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

As for Sandler, his latest comedy, Don't Mess with the Zohan was co-written by Apatow and will be released in June.

Keeping things in the family, Mann is next starring in Drillbit Taylor with Owen Wilson. That film was co-written by Rogen and produced by Apatow.

Apatow has been on a white-hot streak since directing Virgin in 2005. He followed that film up by producing Will Ferrell vehicle Talladega Nights and teen comedy Superbad--in between he directed, wrote and produced Knocked Up. However, last year’s Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, which Apatow co-wrote and produced, stumbled at the box office.

His other upcoming producing projects include Forgetting Sarah Marshall with Jason Segel and Kristen BellPineapple Express with Rogen and James FrancoStep Brothers starring Ferrell and John C. Reilly; and The Year One, which Harold Ramis is directing and which stars Jack BlackMichael Cera and Olivia Wilde.

Upcoming non-Apatow related projects for the stars include Bedtime Stories, which Sandler is currently shooting, and 17 Again for Mann, alongside Zac Efron. Rogen lent his voice to Horton Hears a Who and is also in the process of shooting Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

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