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‘A Simple Favor 2’ Adds Allison Janney

Allison Janney is joining the cast of Amazon MGM Studios’ “A Simple Favor 2.” The actor will join returning cast members Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in the sequel to Paul Feig’s 2018 mystery-comedy film.

The sequel will follow Stephanie (Kendrick) and Emily (Lively) as they head to the beautiful island of Capri for Emily’s extravagant wedding to a wealthy Italian businessman. Along with the glamorous guests, murder and betrayal swirl at a wedding with more twists and turns than the road from the Marina Grande to the Capri town square.

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Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Bashir Salahuddin, Joshua Satine, Ian Ho, Kelly McCormack and Aparna Nancherla will also reprise their roles in the film, which is targeting a spring start-of-production. The cast is rounded out by Elena Sofia Ricci, Michele Morrone, Elizabeth Perkins, Alex Newell, Taylor Ortega and Lorenzo de Moor.

Janney, who has racked up an Oscar, seven Emmys, a Golden Globe, seven SAG Awards, two Critics Choice Awards, a BAFTA and an Independent Spirit Award, can currently be seen on the Apple TV+ series “Palm Royale” alongside Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern and Carol Burnett. Janney is also shooting Season 2 of Netflix’s “The Diplomat” and recently wrapped production on Lionsgate’s upcoming comedic drama, “Everything’s Going To Be Great,” and on the drama “Miss You, Love You.”

The first film, which earned over $97 million at the worldwide box office, was a commercial success for Lionsgate. “A Simple Favor 2” will be available to stream on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

The script, which is based on characters by Darcy Bell, was written by Jessica Sharzer, with revisions by Laeta Kalogridis, Steve Yockey, and Feig.

Janney is represented by CAA, Thruline Entertainment, Peter Martin Nelson of Nelson Davis LLP, and Slate PR.

Jeffrey Sneider was first to report Janney’s casting.

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