Cameron Diaz Returns To Raunch As A 'Bad Teacher'

Cameron Diaz can do sweet romantic comedies like "The Holiday" and tearjerker dramas like "My Sister's Keeper" and even the occasional period piece like "Gangs of New York," but her true calling has always been raunchy comedy. Now, to add to her gross-out work in "There's Something About Mary" and "The Sweetest Thing," the actress will star in Columbia Pictures' "Bad Teacher," according to Variety.

Jake Kasdan, who last gave us "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," is directing the comedy, about a "foulmouthed, gold-digging middle-school teacher," who battles with another faculty member for dibs on a hot co-worker. The idea of a fought-over "model teacher" makes me imagine "Glee" star Matthew Morrison as the male lead, but that will never happen.

What makes "Bad Teacher" sound more appealing than, say, "What Happens in Vegas?" is that the script was written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, of TV's "The Office" and the upcoming "Ghostbusters III." The duo also worked on "Year One," which could have been a lot funnier, but I'd still like to give them the benefit of the doubt since Diaz' teacher could be like an R-rated Michael Scott for the world of education.

Really I'd like "Bad Teacher" to be similar to "Bad Santa," only in a school rather than a department store. But can audiences accept a vile and immoral female character the same way they embraced Billy Bob Thornton's holiday menace?

Do you prefer Cameron Diaz in raunchy comedies? Can you picture her as a depraved middle school teacher?