Ed Helms has joined the previously-announced Jennifer Garner in Family Leave, a body-swap comedy in the works at Netflix. McG (Terminator: Salvation) is directing the film while Adam Sztykiel (Black Adam) is writing the script, which is adapted from author Amy Krouse Rosenthal‘s book Bedtime For Mommy.
Garner and Helms will play Jess and Bill Walker, two parents doing their best to keep their family connected as their children grow older, more independent, and more distant.
But when a chance encounter with an astrological reader causes the family to wake up to a full body switch on the morning of the most important day of each of their lives, the Walkers will attempt to unite to land a promotion, college interview, record deal, and soccer tryout.
Helms is best known for his work on the American version of The Office, but he’s always excelled at these sorts of comedy roles in movies where his character struggles to keep crazy stuff from happening, such as The Hangover, Cedar Rapids, and Vacation.
McG has worked with Netflix before on multiple occasions, directing both films in The Babysitter franchise and the sci-fi throwback Rim of the World. His next film is also for Netflix; The Uglies, a sci-fi action fantasy starring Joey King that completed filming in 2021, so should premiere shortly.
Garner has also collaborated with Netflix on a number of projects, including comedy Yes Day and sci-fi drama The Adam Project. She’ll next be seen starring in upcoming Apple TV+ thriller series The Last Thing He Told Me.