There had better be room in the car for Mjölnir. The long in development re-launch of the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise has gained some major momentum today after a new draft of the script by director/writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein was recently turned in. Joining a cast that already includes Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, Christina Applegate as his wife, and original franchise starts Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in cameos as Clark and Ellen Griswold are ‘Thor’ star Chris Hemsworth, and comedian Charlie Day, primarily known for his absolutely brilliant FX show, ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Hemsworth will play Stone Crandall, an anchorman who is married Rusty’s daughter (I see the conflict a’brewing already), and Day will play a river-rafting tour guide (oh boy…)
Scoring these two guys is a slam dunk for a project that so far seems to be met with a fair amount of apprehension by the fans of the classic films. Day will surly bring his trademark manic energy to what will probably amount to an extended cameo (unless he just decides to come along on the trip, which is entirely possible knowing him), but Hemsworth is definitely the more interesting of the two picks. While certainly showing solid comedic chops in the Thor films, he’s never been in a straight up comedy before, and right now is the perfect time in his career for some verity. I’m a little worried that he’s just going to play up his go-to charming, brash, and arrogant persona again, especially considering his job description, but hopefully Goldstein and Daley, who previously worked on Horrible Bosses, can find a unique angle on it.
Vacation does not have a release date yet, but with production starting next month, expect it in 2015.