Jennifer Garner & Jessica Biel: The New Laverne & Shirley?

by | February 11, 2010 at 3:31 PM | The Movies

Here’s an interesting rumor from Collider. You know the veteran director Garry Marshall, whose latest romantical comedy-type thing Valentine’s Day is coming out in theaters this weekend, has a long and storied history, including the creation of the classic sitcom Happy Days and its single-ladies spin-off Laverne & Shirley.

Well, he’s also recently hinted that he wants to do a feature film adaptation of ‘Laverne & Shirley’ — and Marshall wants his Valentine’s Day stars Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel to take on the roles that Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams made famous.

So, who would be who? After seeing Valentine’s Day, you’d have to lean toward Biel as the more vivacious and bombastic Laverne DeFazio.

For an example, check her out in Easy Virtue, or in this clip from the film.


Garner, for her part, would likely fit with the more demure and proper Shirley Feeney. Again, observe.


Still, the questions abound – would it still be about single women trying to make it in the 1950s, or would Marshall try to update it? More importantly, who in the world could take the place of Michael McKean and David Lander as Lenny & Squiggy, their two wacky neighbors? Could Marshall really make lightning strike twice? Garner did say that “we’re dying to do it,” and she also promised to pay homage to those famous opening credits. So maybe this’ll really happen.

Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel in "Valentine's Day" (WB)