'What To Expect When You're Expecting' heading to the big screen: Who would you cast?

Jon-HammLionsgate has confirmed that they will adapt the bestselling pregnancy bible What To Expect When You’re Expecting and intend to give it the Love Actually and Valentine’s Day treatment. In other words, we’ll see a series of intertwining vingnettes with enough star wattage to blind most any moviegoer.

The film is still in the early planning stages, but we wanted to throw out our own casting recommendations — and hopefully Lionsgate is listening.

Dreamboat status aside, Jon Hamm would be perfect as frazzled father of three whose wife is expecting again. Mad Men gives him drama cred, 30 Rock gives him comedy cred, and really, who doesn’t want to see Don Draper play a fumbling, ultimately loving father? We all know Sally Draper would!

But Hamm would need someone to grab beers with at the local bar, and that’s where he can turn to Jason Bateman, who might play dad to an awkward teen, if only to remedy my Arrested Development separation anxiety.

As for the women, Rachel McAdams would nail nervous-mother-to-be, no? And may we suggest Jane Lynch as one part of a lesbian couple who is expecting via sperm donor? Considering Lynch’s storied career (Best in Show, Julie & Julia, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin) we know she has more up her sleeve than a red tracksuit.

Who do you think should be cast? We’re taking your suggestions below!

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  • Sarah

    Absolutely Rachel McAdams.

    • jimmy

      I lovee rachel mcadams. I’d also take a look at evan rachel wood and emile hirsch. jacinda barrett, josh hartnett, and rachel bilson.

      wanda sykes and jane lynch should play the lesbian couple

  • Stef

    Oh goodness. The book-to-movie craze has gone too far with this one I think.

    • ks

      I agree why?

  • K

    I would think you’d need to make a movie out of The Joy of Sex before you went on this one…

    • Madd

      Starring Jon Hamm and ME.

      • Zoey

        Haha, I love this comment.

    • mark Weinreb

      they did -Woody Allen did it in the early 70’s

  • Karate Pants

    Noooooo! (in my best wacky Elizabeth Taylor voice)
    I wouldn’t want to see this mess happen to Jon Hamm OR Jason Bateman. Couples Retreat notwithstanding, they’ve both made generally excellent choices career-wise, and I picture this “project” as being woefully drenched in cliches and yuks.

    • Madd

      “MARRIAGE? NOOOOO! And now I’m going to howl.”
      I totally agree. It’s like when I saw the trailer for He’s Just Not That Into You and literally yelled “RUN JENNIFER CONNELLY! RUNNNNN!”

      • Madd

        Although Jon Hamm and Jason Bateman could father my children anytime….

      • Karate Pants

        Well, obviously. But the point is that we love them enough NOT to want them to participate in this garbage.

      • Madd

        Now I feel the need to quote Elizabeth Taylor’s “Marriage? NOOOOOO!” to everyone who walks by….

  • Jen

    I would cast no one because the whole concept sounds terrible.

  • stevenjaba

    This is a really stupid idea.

  • Kellade


  • ‘k

    I agree with the majority. Bad idea from the word go.

  • dublin

    At first I was like why? Why make a movie out a text book-? but then you pulled out the dream casting and had me at Jon Hamm <3 yum

    • allie

      “a textbook”? Have any of you people ever actually read this book? It is HILARIOUS -if you are pregnant. It is hardly a textbook – it is a very funny book written by a lawyer/ex-playboy bunny who tells stories about her pregnancies and gives advice about what to expect when pregnant (hence the title). This could actually be a very funny movie that all moms can appreciate!

      • L

        I’ve read it a few times myself. I didn’t think it was all THAT funny.

      • @allie

        Whaaa?? Allie, what book did you read? What to expect when you’re expecting isn’t funny at all, nor is it trying to be. It’s more like a pregnancy manual with facts about baby development and things like that. The only thing that’s funny about it is the funny feeling you get when someone attempts to pass their personal opinion off as medical fact.

      • Ktct

        @Allie- I think you are referencing a different book (though yours sounds like more fun!)

      • ‘k

        I agree, Allie, I think you must be thinking of another book. When I was expecting, I read this book from start to finish. Also read all of the follow-up books. There are anecdotes, some mildly humorous. But I wasn’t convulsed with laughter by any means.

      • Sarah

        Allie, are you thinking of “Belly Laughs” by Jenny McCarthy? Now THAT book was funny.

      • Jenn

        Yeah, I believe you’re thinking of Vicki Iovine’s “The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy.” Incredibly different and probably better suited for a movie, but “What to Expect…” is a more recognizable title. “What to Expect…” IS basically a textbook.

      • Bran

        Totally hilarious. I’m currently pregnant and my doctor actually advised me NOT to read it. It’s seriously the worst case scenario guide to pregnancy. I know Belly Laughs is a comedy book, but I seriously got more out of that book than What To Expect.

      • lisa catherine harper

        My doctor also told me to ignore it. It’s prescriptive, and sort of scary. It’s one of the reasons one of the takeaways from my new book, A DOUBLE LIFE, DISCOVERING MOTHERHOOD is that “expecting means not expecting.” You can’t ever really know what’s going to happen…which is why I fused real science with a real story to explain why motherhood changes everything.

  • Josie

    Rachel McAdams was my first thought when I read the headline of this.

  • Chris

    Jon Hamm seems more like an expecting grandfather. He’s pretty old, right? Late 40s, early 50s.

  • Me?

    This movie is a bad idea. But if they wanted a realistic story, how about Michelle Duggar? If anyone knows what to expect while expecting, it would be her.

  • L

    Seriously? What a dumb idea. It’s a how-to guide, not an actual book that would lend itself to a movie. While you are at it, how about Pregnancy for Dummies?

    If we must discuss casting, I suggest Amy Adams.

  • sassyfras

    This is it. They have officially completely run out of ideas for movies. Let’s see, I have a few titles in my bookcase that would make for gripping feature films: Your Old Wiring: Safe Electrical Practices for Historic Homes; a French phrasebook from 1997; Statistics for People Who Hate Statistics; Field Guide to North American Birds…please, Hollywood, steal away.

    • Sarah


    • Jenn


    • Karate Pants

      “Your Old Wiring: Safe Electrical Practices for Historic Homes: THE MUSICAL!”
      Oh, and we’d HAVE to cast Zach Galifanakis as lead, he’s great in everything.

    • Madd

      I can see it now…”The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” starring Megan Fox, Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift, Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, David Caruso…watch this actually happen.

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      • ks


    • stevenjaba

      LOL!!! Love it

    • Dawn

      SO funny; thanks for the laughs!!

  • what are they thinking

    What a stupid idea. It’s like making a movie out of your science text book.

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