Will Brad save Jen’s career?
Now that she is reportedly back on speaking terms with her famous ex, insiders say Jennifer Aniston is contemplating teaming up with Brad Pitt for a movie project. A source told Hollywoodlife.com that the Cake star, 48, is so hopeful for an on-screen reconciliation with her A-list ex that it’s even more likely than a Friends reunion.
“Jen would work with Brad on screen,” said the source. “It would have to be the perfect role and all the stars would have to align, but it’s definitely something that would benefit their careers. She has thought maybe it would be easier for them to start something as voices on a future animated film — not characters that would be romantic with each other. She would highly consider it, so much so that she thinks it’s more likely than a Friends reunion.”
The news come amid reports that Brad and Jen are back in contact as his messy divorce from Angelina Jolie is finalised. Now insiders in Jen’s camp are reportedly hopeful that an on-screen association with Oscar-bait Brad could be the tonic to revive Jen’s flagging movie career.
Brad recently won an Academy Award for Best Picture for Moonlight, which he produced, while Jen’s last few movies – including Mother’s Day and She’s Funny That Way have flopped at the box office. Ahead of the December release of her most recent flick, Office Christmas Party, sources told RadarOnline that Jen was desperate for a hit. “Jen’s in dire need of a payday, and there’s a huge amount riding on this film being a success. Her most recent movies — Life of Crime, She’s Funny That Way and Cake — all lost money at the box office and it’s gotten Jen super-stressed,” said the source. Adding, “She’s starting to wonder if she’s cursed, particularly when her rivals like Sandra Bullock and even Melissa McCarthy are doing better than ever with their numbers.”
However, critics have since panned the holiday comedy as “stale” and “full of strained shtick”. The Hollywood Reporter savaged the film calling it “a frenetic grab bag of strained shtick,” while TheWrap.com dubbed it a “witless and stale comedy,” adding that the movie is “embarrassing itself by humping our leg dressed as Santa hoping we laugh.”
In fact, the last time Jen had an Oscar-worthy film was 2014’s Cake but ultimately she was shut out of the Academy. It’s now thought she could benefit from Brad’s Midas touch at the box office.