Actress Kristen Bell, who I first encountered as a teenage hooker and thief named Flora in the TV show Deadwood, has been steadily building up credits for the past few years, and now appears poised for a breakthrough. Production Weekly has learned that Bell will headline a romantic comedy called Forgetting Sarah Marshall during her next hiatus from the television show Veronica Mars. The film will mark the directing debut of Nick Stoller, who I assume is the same Nicholas Stoller who wrote the Jim Carrey vehicle Fun With Dick and Jane. Bell and co-star Jason Segel will play a boyfriend and girlfriend who break up and then accidentally head to the same vacation resort to get away from each other. Production on the film is scheduled to commence in April, in Hawaii and Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Bell has also lined up another role, this time co-starring alongside William H. Macy in the film Antique, from Renji Philip. Bell's role will be Claire, a girl who befriends a homeless man played by Macy, and presumably learns some kind of life lessons from him. Anne Archer, Rachel Leigh Cook and Lolita Davidovich also have roles in the film. Other upcoming projets for Bell, previously announced, include Fanboys, about some youngsters who embark on a road trip to see Star Wars: Episode 1, and the animated film Flatland: The Movie.