Laverne & Shirley: Garry Marshall Wants Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel

Laverne & Shirley movieAt last night’s premiere of his new film, Valentine’s Day, director Garry Marshall said that he wants to do a Laverne & Shirley movie starring Jennifer Garner (Alias) and Jessica Biel (7th Heaven).

The Laverne & Shirley sitcom ran for eight seasons on ABC, from 1976 until 1983. The show revolves around a pair of best friends and roommates who work at a local brewery in 1960s Milwaukee. The series stars Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander, Michael McKean, Eddie Mekka, Phil Foster, Betty Garrett, and Leslie Easterbrook.

A spin-off of the very popular Happy Days series, Laverne & Shirley set a record as being the only series to debut as the most-watched program of the week. It also has the dubious distinction of running a bit too long. Williams abruptly left the show in 1982 so almost 20 episodes of Laverne & Shirley don’t have Shirley in them.

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If Garry Marshall has his way, the original Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney will take part in the new movie. He joked to Extra, “My sister Penny and Cindy are gonna have a guest cameo. They’re gonna walk ‘schlemiel, schlemazel’ — or they’re gonna get tired in the middle and sit down.”

For their part, Garner and Biel are gung ho to make the project and play the wacky characters. When asked about the idea, Garner replied, “Are you kidding? We’re dying to do it!”

If the duo do make the movie they’ll have to work on their rendition of the famous theme-song. They tried to sing it at the movie premiere but didn’t get very far. Garner started, “We’re gonna do it…” and Biel added in some dance steps, “And they do this. Dah, dah. Dah, dah. Something incorporated…”

What do you think? Would you be interested in seeing a Laverne & Shirley movie remake or would it ilikely be as terrible as most of the other TV show-based movies?

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  1. Matt says

    There could never be another Laverne and Shirley… penny Marshall and Cindy Williams are unique… no one could ever do them justice… I have every episode of Laverne and Shirley and I would never want anyone to ever try to fill their shoes… it can’t be done. The chemistry between Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams can never be duplicated… simply put – they were the best … thanks for eight wonderful seasons and all the pleasure we get from watching the dVDs.

  2. cheryl says

    great idea but i dont think these two actresses fit the parts nothing against them i think they are great actresses and i love jennifer garner i just feel they are not right for these particular roles

  3. Chris M. says

    While neither seems great casting for either role, I would assume it would be Jessica Biel as Laverne and Jennifer Garner as Shirley. The other way around makes even less sense.

  4. chicagojim says

    I think I would pretty much watch anything with those two in it. . . .

    Seriously though, I would be interested in seeing who would play Lenny and Squiggy – those would be some tough parts to cast – Maybe Jack Black and Jim Carrey?????

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