Coming on the heels of Neil Patrick Harris' hosting appearance as the host of Sunday's Tony Awards ceremony, the How I Met Your Mother star has just landed two projects for the big screen. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 35-year-old actor, who currently plays Barney Stinson on the CBS sitcom, will be suiting up to take lead roles in an indie kindergarten comedy and a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
Co-written and directed by Josh Shelov, The Best and the Brightest "revolves around a couple from Delaware who move to New York's Upper East Side and enter the world of the city's private kindergartens." The How I Met Your Mother actor will star as the husband, who apparently isn't worried about his social status. Harris will be appearing opposite Bonnie Somerville, who is on board as the class-aware wife. Also in the film are Amy Sedaris, John Hodgman, Peter Serafinowicz, Bridget Regan, Kate Mulgrew and Christopher McDonald.
The Best and the Brightest marks the reunion of producers Robert and Patricia Weiser with Richard Schiffrin, with whom they collaborated on the documentary Bigger Stronger Faster. Also producing is Nicholas Simon.
Beastly, on the other hand, is quite different from Harris' previous projects. As mentioned earlier, it's a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast and is based on a book of the same name by Alex Flinn. The film centers on a handsome rich young boy, played by Alex Pettyfer (Stormbreaker), who is turned into a grisly beast after he ditches a date, who turns out to be a witch, portrayed by Mary-Kate Olsen. The How I Met Your Mother star will play a blind tutor who "helps and bonds with Pettyfer's character, who is shell-shocked from being turned into a hideous young man." The movie, which is by Daniel Barnz and produced by Susan Cartsonis in association with CBS Films, also includes High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens.
Beastly is currently in preproduction in Montreal.