Oscars 2011: Colin Firth Wanted For Judd Apatow’s ‘Knocked Up’ Spinoff

Good news for fans of the most disfunctional couple from Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up.” The spinoff movie is not only planned and greenlit, it is set to start shooting very soon.

On Oscar night, MTV News caught up with the talented and funny couple responsible for making and acting in the movie, Apatow and wife Leslie Mann, we asked them how things are coming along with the film.

“It’s spinning off right now, as we speak,” Apatow told me outside the fancy shmanz Vanity Fair Oscar party Sunday night.

“We’re in rehearsals,” Mann said, adding that her character and Rudd’s character will be seen at a different place in their marriage than in “Knocked Up.”

“We’re really happy now,” she said. “Pete and Debbie are really happy.”

So where exactly does the film take place then, if Pete and Debbie are in a happy place?

“Well, it just takes place four or five years later and you just see where they’re at,” Apatow explained. “The rest is a secret because it doesn’t come out until 2012 and if you already knew what it was about for a year and a half, you wouldn’t even want to see it.”

Fair enough. And even though the news of the spin-off surprised “Knocked Up” star Seth Rogen when MTV last chatted with him, Apatow vaguely hinted at the fact that we can expect some familiar faces to drop in the film.

“There will be people who are really interesting in the movie,” he said. “And some familiar people who are in the movie.”

I then asked if we can we expect any special guest appearances by known dramatic actors looking to showcase their hidden comedic talents, a la Eric Bana’s scene-stealing turn in “Funny People.”

“I’m going to hit on Colin Firth tonight and see if he can play the weird neighbor,” Apatow said. “I think he might do it.”

An Oscar-winner in an Apatow movie? Sounds like a perfect fit to me!

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