Adam Sandler Lands Salma Hayek For a “Big Chill” Comedy

It’s standard protocol for comedies to cast amazingly gorgeous women as their love interests – women they wouldn’t have a chance with if they weren’t rich movie stars. That’s the Mike Myers formula (Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham, Beyonce, Jessica Alba), and Adam Sandler does it often, too (Drew Barrymore, Jessica Biel, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kate Beckinsale, Winona Ryder). For his next movie, an as-yet-untitled ensemble which is being called a “comedic Big Chill,” he’s managed to land Salma Hayek to play the role of his wife.

Sandler’s also gathering his whole gang together – Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, Norm MacDonald and Steve Buscemi, along with other SNL alumni Maya Rudolph and Colin Quinn – for this story about five high school friends who reunite decades later on the Fourth of July weekend. This could be a heck of a lot of fun – especially if it turns out they all went to Billy Madison’s high school.

We all know that Hayek has proven her comedy chops with her guest stint on 30 Rock, but here’s something you might not have seen. Back in the early 90s, when HBO first started doing the sort of groundbreaking original programming they’ve become known for, they had a fun little comedy called Dream On about a daydreaming book editor named Martin Tupper (Brian Benben), and Salma charmed the pants off of him. Check it out.

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