This… Is… America’s… nearly daily update of who’s joined the A-list cast of New Year’s Eve. New Line confirms news today that Ryan Seacrest and Ice Cube are in negotiations, while Josh Duhamel is locked in to star in the film. (Seacrest would play himself, while Cube would play a cop. Duhamel’s on board as a hopeless romantic traveling to New York.) So that means Duhamel and — should they officially sign on — Seacrest and Cube will hop into a cast that includes: Sarah Jessica Parker, Lea Michele, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Abigail Breslin, Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Sofia Vergara, Zac Efron, Jon Bon Jovi, and Robert De Niro. Whoa, whoa, whoa, Hollywood: Slow down! You don’t want to run out of actors before you film National Biodiesel Day*!
As much as I love Cube and appreciate Duhamel’s assets, I’m mostly psyched to hear that Seacrest may take on acting once again. Dude was great in Knocked Up! And, yes, I’m serious! But my one beef: Why doesn’t he ever play anyone but himself?
Though Seacrest has appeared as himself in comedies like Get Smart, Knocked Up, and Denise Richards: It’s Complicated, he’s only played fictional characters via voice-over. (With the exception of, according to IMDb, playing “Jack Craft,” a man stuck in a computer, on a series called Reality Check in 1995. Internet Gods, supply me with a video now, please.) Yes, it would be difficult as a moviegoer to separate Ryan Seacrest, famous American Idol host, from whatever character he might play, but that would also be part of the attraction. Could Seacrest convince you that he’s a sensitive fella in a rom-com, and not the same guy who traded insensitive barbs with Simon Cowell year after year? Could he convince you that he’s a homicidal maniac on a Law & Order episode (fingers crossed!), and not someone who perpetually sticks up for the downtrodden after they’ve been incinerated by the panel? Could he convince you that he’s a down-on-his-luck, impoverished man in a drama, and not one of the richest men in the universe? Anything can happen — Knocked Up certainly convinced me he was funny, even after watching most of his Idol jokes fall flat. Plus, after almost 10 years of predictability from Seacrest — same suit, same show introductions, same hair jokes — aren’t you jonesing for him to do something that might surprise you?
Am I crazy for hoping that Seacrest will one day put on his true acting cap? What would you like to see them play? And who’s next to join New Year’s Eve? (I think there’s a piece of lint on Jennifer Love Hewitt’s floor that has yet to be cast.)
*Actually a holiday.