Fresh from the Friends Reunion, Lisa Kudrow is the first cast member to be announced for the upcoming Disney + musical comedy Better Nate than ever. The film is produced by Marc Platt, who is behind recent hits like Mary Poppins Returns, La La Land and the newly released Cruella. The news was announced by Deadline.com and it is the first mention of who will be on the production, which began casting earlier this year. Although it is known as a musical and runs out of casting calls for two children with the ability to sing, it is believed that Kudrow will not participate in any of the singing.
The film is based on the book series by Tim Federle, whereby the author is committed as a writer and director. Filming is already underway in New York, which makes it even more impressive that Disney managed to keep the cast of Kudrow and the rest a secret. The story revolves around 13-year-old Nate Foster, the typical unpopular boy who gets through the day with vivid fantasies about working as a Broadway star.
In reality, Nate is struggling to get any role in his middle school dramas that usually ends up as the third tree in choral scenes. When Nate and his girlfriend Libby forge a plan to go to New York to audition for roles in Lilo and Stitch The Musical, without their parents’ knowledge, it looks like Nate may realize his dream of fame but than their trip becomes a farce, the whole world seems to be threatening his Broadway career before it even begins.
Lisa Kudrow plays Heidi in the film, Nate’s long-lost aunt who has managed to turn his plans even further. However, in order to achieve their dreams, it seems that they actually need each other, as is usually the case. It certainly sounds like the standard Disney family dish that has made the company successful for decades, and the current popularity of the music genre can only help make it another hit for the studio when it releases sometime in 2022.
Though Kudrow is still best known for her role as Phoebe Buffay in Friends, she’s been very rarely off the big and small screen in the past three decades, having appeared in films like Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion as early as 1997 Love You in 2007, The Girl On The Train in 2016 and Boss Baby in 2017, which this year is getting a sequel in which the star repeats her role. All in all, Kudrow’s films have grossed over $ 2 billion at the global box office, and it doesn’t look like it will wear off anytime soon.
While fans were thrilled to see her reunited with her fellow “Friends” on the recent HBO Max special – which grossed her supposedly cool $ 2.5 million for just appearing – it is believed that this would be the only reunion The millions of dedicated people on the show are going to be getting followers, so with the likes of Better Nate Than Ever in the works they can at least look forward to getting their kudrow fix elsewhere, this next time on Disney +.