The film adaptation of the popular 70’s and 80’s television series CHiPs is close to launching its official cast, and its recent addition is Frozen star Kristen Bell.
— The AV Club (@TheAVClub) September 21, 2015
The immensely talented actress might have had an edge over other contenders as the film is set to be written, directed, and produced by none other than her real-life husband, funnyman Dax Shepard. Ant-Man star Michael Peña is said to be preparing for his role as California Highway Patrol officer Frank “Ponch” Poncharello opposite Shepard’s Jon Baker. Bell’s role in the film has yet to be revealed.
News of Kristen Bell joining the film came out after taking time off from acting last summer to spend time with her children.
“I'm going to mommy them the whole summer. I'm going to take my girls out and about, and do crafts and art projects. We just got a bunch of plants at the farmers market and we're going to plant a big garden this summer,” Kristen Bell said in an interview last May.
Bell added that Shepard would be working instead, and that they both decided that only one of them would work at a time. This upcoming project, however, might require them to bring the kids on set, or hire a full-time nanny.
The adaptation of CHiPs aims to bring a new and familiar feeling to fans and new audience. Instead of focusing on the comedy side of the show, they are more aiming for it to be more similar to Lethal Weapon.
Other cast members include Adam Brody, Rosa Salazar, and Vincent D’Onofrio, who will play the main villain – a departure from his more well-known roles as law enforcement officials.
— Variety (@Variety) September 17, 2015
Kristen Bell recently starred in the animated short Frozen Fever, and will star opposite Melissa McCarthy in the upcoming comedy film, The Boss.