Los Angeles—Jeremy Renner is going from Bravo Company to Three’s Company in the upcoming film adaption of the hit sitcom that ran on ABC from 1977 to 1984. Renner will star as Jack Tripper, the clumsy chef and restaurant owner played by the late John Ritter on TV. Renner is re-teaming with Oscar-winning “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow to star in the film, Sony Pictures announced yesterday.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to do slapstick and farce,” said Renner. “And I know with this script, I can do a lot more comedy than I did in other projects.”
“There was a lot of funny stuff that Jeremy did in ‘Hurt Locker’ that ended up on the cutting room floor,” said Bigelow. “And now, the world will finally get to see how funny he really is.”
Bigelow said the next hurdle to clear is the casting of Janet and Chrissy, the two female roommates. Bigelow would not confirm who is on the short list to play the characters, but rumors are flying around Hollywood that Bigelow would like to cast hot Canadian “LOST” actress Evangeline Lily as Janet, whom Bigelow directed for a few short onscreen minutes in “The Hurt Locker.”
“That 70 show” star Laura Prepon has been rumored to be the leading contender to play Chrissy.
Screenwriter Aaron Stockard, best known for his adaptation of “Gone Baby Gone,” has been hired to write the campy “Three’s Company” script, about a straight man living with two women and pretending he’s gay to deceive the landlord.
Renner said he has already begun preparing for the role of Jack Tripper by watching every single episode of “Three’s Company” on DVD, as well as other programs with John Ritter, including “Hooperman,” “Hearts Afire” and “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”
Denzel Washington has signed on to play the landlord of the building, Mr. Furley.