"Hangover" star Galifianakis considers next move

Tue Jul 7, 2009 2:18am EDT
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By Steven Zeitchik and Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Zach Galifianakis is in one of the biggest hits of the summer, "The Hangover." Now he's being very careful before he orders his next drink.

The actor's name has surfaced in connection with at least three projects, those familiar with the situation have said: Todd Phillips' pregnancy-themed comedy "Due Date"; the laugher "Say Uncle"; and another Phillips project, the supernatural comedy "Man-Witch." All three are set up at Warner Bros.

In addition, there's a Warners-ballyhooed sequel to the Phillips-directed "Hangover," which could put the same cast of characters in newly outrageous situations -- and could bring back Galifianakis.

Of the two Phillips projects, one is reminiscent of "Hangover," while the other would take him in a different direction.

"Due Date" centers on a slacker who hits the road with an uptight businessman; like "Hangover," it features a road trip and a baby among its plot lines.

But "Man-Witch," a project to which Jack Black once was attached, is an entirely different animal: It centers on a man who finds he has supernatural talents -- a discovery that leads him to attend an all-girls witch school.

The three movies have been presented in Hollywood circles as Galifianakis projects (in order to attract other cast members), but the actor has yet to commit to any of them.

Typically, an actor will make a new deal just before his new movie comes out, or -- in the case of a film that's expected to be a hit -- not long after.   Continued...