Owen Wilson – the man for whom the phrase ‘he’s so hot right now’ was coined – and Paul Rudd – who is, actually, so hot right now – are in talks to join Reese Witherspoon in James L. Brooks’ new romantic comedy, provisionally entitled, How Do You Know?

Rudd, if he can work out a potential scheduling conflict with Dinner For Schmucks, will play a white-collar worker who falls in love with Witherspoon, while Wilson will play a laidback professional baseball player who forms the third point of this latest Brooksian love triangle. And, frankly, I’ m very excited about this casting.

Both Rudd and Wilson – who, surprisingly, haven’t shared any screen time despite both appearing in vast numbers of Frat Pack movies (they both have Night At The Museum on their CVs, but I can’t recall them appearing together) are hugely funny individuals, who should give great bicker as the love rivals. And Witherspoon, who signed on in December, is just great. I like.

And Brooks’ involvement alone is reason for optimism. Train wreck musical I’ll Do Anything aside, the 68 year-old writer/director (not to mention The Simpsons co-creator, for which entry to Comedy Valhalla is assured) only makes a movie every few years (his last was Spanglish in 2004, which was pretty dire admittedly).

When he does get behind the camera, he tends to make classy, adult, intelligent fare – there’s no reason to feel that How Do You Know?, which is a working title we feel might just stick, will be any different. How do I know? Just a hunch.

The film, which will be bankrolled by Columbia Pictures, is aiming for a start this summer. Fingers crossed that Rudd will be on board by the time Brooks yells ‘action!’

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