Daddy's Home 2 eyeing Mel Gibson and John Lithgow for starring roles

Ben Skipper
Contributor
Mel Gibson and John Lithgow at recent award shows. (Credit: WENN)

Paramount has given comedy sequel ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ a November release date and the studio is reportedly eyeing two older stars to join.

Both Mel Gibson and John Lithgow are being courted for roles in a film that will, according to The Hollywood Reporter, tell a story about an older generation of dueling fathers.

 Seven 2017 Oscar nomination stories worth celebrating
– La La Land is the joyous, vibrant film we need in 2017
– The Batman: Seven directors who could replace Ben Affleck

The original film starred Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as two dads competing for the affections of their biological and step-children. It’s not clear who Lithgow and Gibson might play in the film, but our money would be on them playing the fathers of Ferrel’s sensitive type and Wahlberg’s brazen cool dad.

An offer has reportedly been sent to Lithgow, with no offer yet sent to Gibson – whose Hollywood career appears to be on the rise again following recent nominations for ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ – which he directed.

‘Daddy’s Home 2’ would be his first major studio film since 2002’s alien-invasion thriller ‘Signs’. He was set to appear in ‘The Hangover: Part 2’ but a backlash caused the studio to replace him with Liam Neeson.

A string of controversies relating to racist comments and accusations of domestic violence appeared to have tanked his once-flourishing career, but slowly but surely the ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Mad Max’ star has worked to atone for his mistakes and earn another chance.

‘Daddy’s Home 2’ will be released in the United States on 10 November 2017. No UK release date has yet been been confirmed, but expect it around the same time.