'Dumb and Dumber' Sequel Adds Steve Tom, Rachel Melvin, Laurie Holden (Exclusive)

Rebecca Ford
The Hollywood Reporter
'Dumb and Dumber' Sequel Adds Steve Tom, Rachel Melvin, Laurie Holden (Exclusive)

Universal and Red Granite's Dumb and Dumber sequel is rounding out its cast by adding Laurie Holden, Steve Tom and Rachel Melvin.

Directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly, Dumb and Dumber To catches up with the dimwitted best friends Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) 20 years later as they hit the road to find Harry's illegitimate daughter for a kidney transplant.

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The new additions to the cast will play the Pichlow family.

Walking Dead star Holden is not the female lead, but in a key role will play Adele Pichlow, who is secretly poisoning her husband, Dr. Pichlow (Tom) so she can run off with his money. Her nefarious plans also include killing off her step-daughter Penny (Melvin), Lloyd and Harry so she can run off with the family's handyman unscathed.

After New Line and Warner Bros. declined to move forward on the sequel, Universal and Red Granite picked up the rights to the project in June. Under the deal, Warner transfers the production rights to Red Granite. The 1994 original, made when Carrey was just a rising comedy star, cost $17 million to make and grossed more than $247 million at the time.

The Farrelly brothers will produce with Red Granite’s Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland along with Bradley Thomas and Charlie Wessler.

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Holden played Andrea, a human survivor after the zombie infestation, on AMC’s The Walking Dead since the show’s first season. She's repped by APA and Alan Wertheimer of Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum.

Tom, whose film work includes The Guilt Trip and The Campaign, is repped by O'Neill Talent Group.

Melvin has appeared on Days of Our Lives and Heroes. She’s repped by ROAR.

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