April 14, 2009 / 4:08 AM / 10 years ago

Mark Wahlberg preps for "Date Night"

Mark Wahlberg poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, California October 12, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Mark Wahlberg, James Franco and Taraji P. Henson are making plans for “Date Night,” a comedy starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey.

Also joining the 20th Century Fox movie are Common, Jimmi Simpson, Leighton Meester and Kristen Wiig. Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum”) is directing the film.

The script, by Simon Kinberg and Aline McKenna, follows a couple whose night out turns into much more than dinner and a movie when they are mistaken for other people.

Wahlberg will play a man working in private security who deals with black ops and offers to help the couple. Franco is cast as a dimwitted con man.

Henson, who was Oscar-nominated for her work in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” plays a good cop who doesn’t take things at face value. Common, next seen in “Terminator Salvation,” and Simpson, who has an ongoing skit called “Lyle the Intern” on “Late Show With David Letterman,” are playing detectives on the take.

Meester (“Gossip Girl”) is the couple’s baby-sitter, and Wiig (“Saturday Night Live”) is Fey’s best friend.

Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters

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