The trailer has been released for Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake.
That’s right, this ex-couple have teamed up to make a film – playing to their acting strengths with a quirky comedy. Diaz, who we last saw fighting crime in Seth Rogen’s The Green Hornet, plays a money-grabbing , marijuana-smoking, foul-mouthed teacher, who makes a bee-line for the clean-cut and wealthy substitute teacher, played by none other than the Trousersnake himself.
Joining the school faculty is Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Jason Segal, who takes on the job of a gym teacher, as well as Dinner for Schmucks star Lucy Punch, playing Diaz’s rival for the sub’s affections. Phyllis Smith, who is best know for her role as Phyllis Lapin-Vance in the US version of The Office, can also be seen teaming up with Diaz in what looks to be a well-matched comedy pairing.
Of course, it’s not long since JT was last on our screens, having been nominated for various awards for his role in the critically acclaimed The Social Network. He also stars in another upcoming comedy, Friends with Benefits, opposite Black Swan’s Mila Kunis.
Bad Teacher is scripted by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky – the names behind the 2009 comedy, Year One, which starred Jack Black and Michael Cera, as well as a number of episodes of The Office in the US. Judd Apatow’s right-hand man, Jake Kasdan, is directing.
It might look like another case of Diaz playing a bad-girl-turned-good (A Life Less Ordinary, In Her Shoes etc), but there should be a fair few laughs to be had out of this ridiculous premise and star-studded cast.
Bad Teacher hits UK cinemas on 24th June. Check out the trailer below!