Christina Applegate Is Taking a Working ‘Vacation’

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

After spending the spring with Ron Burgundy, it looks like Christina Applegate is will be hanging out with Rusty Griswold this summer.

It was announced Wednesday that Christina Applegate is very close to signing on for the upcoming reboot of "National Lampoon's Vacation." In the new movie, teenage Rusty Griswold (he was the son of Chevy Chase's leading character) is all grown up, has a family of his own, and is presumably taking his wife and kids on a trip where things have a habit of going hilariously wrong. Ed Helms has been confirmed for the role of Rusty, and if all goes as planned, Applegate will be playing his long-suffering wife, who is said to be having second thoughts about her marriage.

The news comes as Applegate is reprising her role as Victoria Corningstone in the long-awaited sequel to "Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy," currently being shot in Atlanta. In February, Applegate revealed she was leaving the cast of the well-reviewed but low-rated situation comedy "Up All Night," it should come as no surprise that the gifted comic actress is interested in booking more film work.

The "Vacation" reboot is being written and directed by the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. The pair co-wrote "Horrible Bosses," "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and the upcoming sequel to "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs," and this will be their first time directing a feature film. The team has said they expect the project to go before cameras in July, shooting on location in Atlanta and New Mexico.

While the new "Vacation" will be updating the character of Rusty (who, depending on which film in the franchise you pick, was played by either Anthony Michael Hall, Jason Lively, Johnny Galecki, or Ethan Embry), there's no word yet if he spends much time with his family. Will Applegate be hanging out with her fictional in-laws Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo? Time will tell.

See Christina Applegate in a clip from 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy':