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Megan Fox may star in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up sequel

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Or semi-sequel/spinoff, apparently; Judd Apatow's working on a follow-up to his hit Knocked Up that will focus on the older couple from that film, played by Paul Rudd and Apatow's wife Leslie Mann. This prospect sounds pretty good; I actually found those characters more interesting and nuanced than the main characters played by Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl. There was a lot of real pathos in Rudd and Mann's performances, and their relationship was more complex than the leads', which came awfully close to a "driven career woman vs. feckless yutz" sitcom.

In January, Apatow said "People really responded to [Rudd and Mann's] characters and problems. I felt like there was a lot of ground I could explore with them." He's now apparently cast Megan Fox to costar with them in an as-yet-unidentified role. If someone at the studio prescribed an injection of young sexy blood, we know there was no way Apatow was going to work with Heigl again, after she slagged the original film as sexist and then went on to make a series of increasingly braindead romantic comedies featuring some of the most regressive cliches about gender in contemporary cinema. (Here at Nerve, we even assembled a short film on this subject.)

Megan Fox is not the world's most talented young actress, so it's a little disappointing to see Apatow cast her when there are so many more interesting people out there. But maybe he'll get more out of her than her usual Real-Doll-like affect. Whatever happens, we can only pray that the results are better than Funny People.