David O. Russell's commitment to direct "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" looks to be a blessing for Neil Patrick Harris: The "How I Met Your Mother" and "Harold and Kumar" star will make his feature directorial debut when he takes over the reins from Russell on the romantic comedy "Aaron and Sarah," starring Josh Hutcherson and Emma Roberts.
The film, originally titled "B.F.F.," according to a report at The Hollywood Reporter, follows the evolving relationship of the two title characters, a geek and a popular girl, who meet during their freshman year of high school and go through various proms and a funeral together.
NPH has a busy year ahead of himself, with a "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas," "The Smurfs" and a modern take on "Beauty & the Beast" with Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens called "Beastly" all due out in 2011. And that's in addition to his continuing duties as resident lady-killer Barney Stinson on CBS' "How I Met Your Mother."
It'll be interesting to see how NPH fares in the director's chair. He demonstrated at the Oscars and while hosting the Emmys that he certainly knows how to command a room. And, as someone who's been in the business since childhood (here's looking at you, "Doogie"), he's certainly collaborated with enough directors to know what works and what doesn't. Does he have what it takes to become the Clint Eastwood double-threat of the clever, young, romantic and musical comedy scene though? If he does, "Aaron and Sarah" will be his first step in crossing the acting-directing bridge. So, to quote his alter-ego Barney: Suit up, NPH! And show us what you've got.
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