Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones Sign For CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER

A romantic dramedy about a couple’s struggles to remain friends after their divorce

SNL regular Andy Samberg (‘Hot Rod’) is to star opposite Rashida Jones (‘I Love You Man,’ ‘Parks and Recreation’) in the romantic dramedy ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever.’

The movie, which is to be directed by Lee Toland Krieger (‘The Vicious Kind’), centers on a recently divorced couple who try to make it as friends. Talking to The LA Times, Jones, who co-wrote the script with actor-writer Will McCormack, compared the film to ‘Blue Valentine,’ saying:

“Our movie is about two people who love each other a ton but they don’t know what to do with that love, and how do you let that person go. It’s very different from: ‘I like having sex with this person because I’m so modern but then, ooh, maybe I like them.’ I’m less interested in that story. It’s the version of When Harry Met Sally 20 years later, or Blue Valentine. It’s really about how you break up with someone.”

The actress adds, “It’s hard to find female leads that are flawed and interesting and dynamic. We wanted to write something that was in the vein of Judd Apatow — you talk like you actually talk with your friends — but with ladies. I want to do that and not just be someone’s girlfriend or wife. I want to be the one to go on the journey.”

Filming is set to beging soon, and then Samberg is off to shoot ‘I Hate You, Dad’ with Adam Sandler.