It’s a done deal. After two months of searching to fill the void left by wild child Charlie Sheen, who was fired in March, CBS and Warner Bros. Television has announced that Ashton Kutcher will join the cast of Two and a Half Men.
“I can’t wait to get to work with this ridiculously talented 2.5 team,” said Kutcher. “I believe we can fill the stage with laughter that will echo in viewers’ homes. I can’t replace Charlie Sheen, but I’m going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people!”
Chuck Lorre, creator and executive producer of Two and a Half Men, is thrilled with the casting decision. “We are so lucky to have someone as talented, joyful and just plain remarkable as Ashton joining our family,” raved Lorre. “Added to that is the deep sigh of relief knowing that our family stays together. If I was any happier, it’d be illegal.”
Kutcher, who first gained recognition via his role as Michael Kelso on the Fox/Carsey Werner comedy series, That 70′s Show, has had a thriving career in television and film. He starred in the box office hits What Happens In Vegas, A Lot Like Love, Valentine’s Day, No Strings Attached, The Guardian, and Dude, Where’s My Car. He also served as co-creator and producer of MTV’s hit series Punk’d and The CW’s reality series Beauty and the Geek and True Beauty.
Ktucher will join Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Holland Taylor, Marin Hinkle and Conchata Ferrell on the Two and a Half Men cast. Production on the ninth season of the Emmy Award-nominated series will begin this summer for broadcast in the fall.