Sofia Vergara is teaming up with America’s sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon, in a new comedy that seems aimed squarely at audiences on both sides of the blonde-brunette divide.
“Don’t Mess With Texas” will feature Vergara and Witherspoon as a police officer and “prisoner on the run” from less-than-righteous cops in Texas, shares Deadline. The film, acquired by Universal Pictures in “a spirited bidding battle,” will begin production in March 2014 and no details have been announced as to which actress will take up which role.
The two comedians – Vergara has earned national recognition for her portrayal of Gloria Delgado on “Modern Family” and Witherspoon first received comedic cred in 2001’s “Legally Blonde” – are an unlikely pairing at first sight, but the casting news does seem to hold the promise of huge returns at the box office.
Despite Witherspoon’s recent DUI arrest, the 37-year-old is one of the Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses, delivering nearly four dollars at the box office for “every dollar she was paid,” reported Forbes last year. And Vergara, 40, is in a position to give Witherspoon a run for her money. The Colombian star took home an estimated $19 million dollars last year, making her the highest earning actress on American television – and a household name not only among Latinos but across mainstream audiences as well.
With that in mind, “Don’t Mess With Texas” will couple Vergara with the on-screen star power that could make her a bonafide film star, an area that Vergara has yet to conquer with bit parts to date in films like “The Smurfs” and “New Year’s Eve.” Even so, Vergara does seem to be ramping up her acting credits beyond “Modern Family,” as she’s set to star in an upcoming telenovela, as well “Machete Kills” and “Smurfs 2.”