Amanda Seyfried may soon be joining Seth MacFarlane’s wild west show.
The Ted filmmaker, Family Guy creator and soon-to-be Oscar host will be shooting (so to speak) the gunslinging comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West later this spring, and Seyfried is in talks to play the girl who dumps his timid pioneer farmer.
After ditching him, MacFarlane’s character learns to man-up by joining forces with an outlaw played by Charlize Theron. (Given the casting, an alternate title could easily be How the West Was Blond.)
The news, first reported by Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter, is the latest addition to a film that has tremendous expectations behind it, following the blockbuster success of MacFarlane’s teddy-bear raunch-fest Ted. Sources close to the project confirmed the negotiations.
MacFarlane, who traditionally only provides the voices of characters in his films and TV shows, would be on camera in a major role for the first time. He’s also directing and co-writing with Ted scribes Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild.
Before you automatically make the comparison, he says fans should know Million Ways is not aiming to follow directly in the footsteps of Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks’ definitive 1974 Western comedy. MacFarlane says this story will have a contemporary vibe, despite it’s Old West setting. “It’s a tightrope that we’re trying to walk,” he told EW in a recent interview.