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Chelsea Handler is heading to the Mall… for a movie

Chelsea Handler cracks us up on cable nightly with her witty humor on Chelsea Lately, but now she’s hitting the big screen with Vincent D’Onofrio in a movie called Mall. And don’t expect to laugh.

Starring Chelsea Handler, Vincent D’Onofrio and Eric Bogosian, Mall is based on Bogosian’s 2001 novel of the same name. The title lacks the humor we’re used to Handler delivering — and so will the movie.

Chelsea Handler

Deadline says that Handler plays the dark part of a “restless housewife.” Handler as a housewife? We’ll believe it when we see it!

This is definitely not the type of role we’d expect to see Handler in, but it sounds like an interesting movie… maybe. As reported by Deadline: “This film will be a comment on social violence.” D’Onofrio, who stars in Law and Order: Criminal Intent, said in a statement, “It begins as a man walks through the front door of a suburban mall armed to the teeth, causing five strangers to embark on a night that will change them forever. As the bullets fly, one teenage boy hurtles through the night on a collision course with the man he will become.”

Handler and the rest of the cast are working under Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, who is making his directing debut. Mall is being produced by D’Onofrio, his partner Erika Hampson and Sam Maydew of The Collective.

We don’t doubt Chelsea Handler’s ability to play a dark role — it’s not like her comedy is always upbeat and sweet — but we’re used to her delivering sarcastic slams, not serious lines.

What do you think? Would you expect Chelsea Handler to play this sort of role?

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