The Hollywood Reporter -- Christina Applegate is in final negotiations to star opposite Ed Helms in Vacation, New Line's update of the classic comedy movie series.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are directing the project, which plays like a sequel and a reboot of the Chevy Chase franchise that began with the 1983 Harold Ramis-directed National Lampoon's Vacation. That film was written by John Hughes and based on his own experiences on family vacations.
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The new movie follows Rusty, played by Anthony Michael Hall in the original but now portrayed by Helms, as he takes his family on a road trip similar to the one he and his parents and sister took when he was young.
Applegate would play Helm's strong-willed wife who might be losing interest in him.
The movie is Applegate's first since leaving the NBC sitcom Up All Night after it was set to be revamped. The last film she starred in was 2011's Hall Pass, also for New Line. She is shooting Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
Applegate is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson.