What to Expect When You're Expecting is the name of the film in which Cameron Diaz is said to be in the final negotiating stages. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie, based on a non-fiction pregnancy guide, follows five couples as they 'suffer through the many joys of the childbirth process'. In other words, another lightweight, fluffy film for Cameron to sparkle and shine, trading in on her endearing grin and girl-next-door appeal.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. We spotted her potential as she caused Jim Carrey to hyperventilate in custard yellow in The Mask. We loved her along with the entire male cast in There's Something About Mary. And in Charlie's Angels we could have got up and jiggled along with her as she launched into her various dance routines.
But she can do so much more.
Where is the actress from Being John Malkovich? The 1999 movie rendered the sunshiny star virtually unrecognisable. But the result was an outstanding performance culminating in a string of nominations from the Golden Globes to the BAFTAs. Truth be told, I didn't even recognise her, and was astounded when I saw her name in the closing credits.
Apart from a few brief glimmers here and there - 2005's In Her Shoes and her voicing of Princess Fiona in the Shrek series spring to mind - she seems to have chosen roles in forgettable romcoms and cheesy dramas (My Sister's Keeper). Though rumour has it there are tongues wagging about her performance in the upcoming Bad Teacher (release date 2 September 2011).
Perhaps the ace in this film choice is Brit director Kirk Jones (Waking Ned, Nanny McPhee). Brits and fine comedy go together like tea and scones. Maybe this will be a role to elevate Diaz's comedic charm to the next level?