Back in February, the rumor-mill was churning Ed Helms would play the grown-up Rusty Griswold for a new Vacation sequel. He denied such claims, leaving many to sigh wondering how he would have matched up to Anthony Michael Hall, Jason Lively, Johnny Galecki and Ethan Embry. Oh the possibilities.
THR says, spoiler alert, actors lie. Helms will do his Andy Bernard routine as Clark Griswold's prodigal son embarking with his own family on a vacation. Rest assured, there will be hijinks and Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo will, somehow, be configured into this equation.
While not what strikes me as the best course of action for Helms (Surely he's had better offers), the life-cycle of a comedy star can be swift and cruel. You're hot one minute and gone the next. Helms is playing it smart, milking this for all its worth as The Hangover Part III shoots this fall for next Memorial Day release (I'd bet all the strands of hair on Zack Galifianakis' beard gets the 3D treatment) and getting paid premium bucks on the sinking-ship formerly known as The Office.