Best known for his Cyclops role in âX-Menâ movies, James Marsden stars anew as Kevin, an ambitious reporter in the upcoming romantic comedy â27 Dressesâ opposite Katherine Heigl.
In â27 Dresses,â Jane has always been good at taking care of others, but not so much in looking after herself. Her entire life has been about making people happy â and she has a closet full of 27 bridesmaid dresses to prove it. One memorable evening, Jane manages to shuttle between wedding receptions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, a feat witnessed by Kevin (James Marsden), a newspaper reporter who realizes that a story about this wedding junkie is his ticket off the newspaperâs bridal beat. Jane finds Kevinâs cynicism counter to everything she holds dear â namely weddings, and the two lock horns.
Director Fletcher cast Marsden after working with him in âHairspray,â on which Fletcher was an associate choreographer and second unit director, and Marsden played the Baltimore television-dance-show host Corny Collins. She notes the volatile Jane-Kevin relationship is a classic ârom-comâ situation of opposites repelling then attracting one another. âYou can understand why Jane resists Kevin,â says Fletcher. âHeâs sarcastic and cranky, and he nags and constantly bugs her. His protection is his wit and sarcasm, but heâs charming, charismatic and funny.â
Adds scriptwriter McKenna: âThere is, however, a trait both characters share, for Jane and Kevin are observers â he by profession â and in their own ways both have chosen to sit on the sidelines.â
Marsden, was eager to tackle a romantic leading man part. âI usually play the guy who gets the short end of the stick in, so it is nice when I read â27 Dressesâ and realized, âThey're considering me for the guy who may actually get the girl!ââ
Recently seen in the box-office hit âEnchanted,â Marsdenâs diverse film credits include Cyclops in the âX-Menâ trilogy, âSuperman Returns,â the Nick Cassavetes romantic drama âThe Notebook,â and âThe Alibi.â Additional film credits include âDisturbing Behavior,â â10th and Wolf,â â24th Day,â âSugar and Spiceâ and âInterstate 60.â His notable television roles include Glen Floy on the final season of the Emmy winning, David E. Kelley series âAlly McBeal.â
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