Harrison Ford rises early for talk-show comedy

Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:00am EST
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By Jay A. Fernandez

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Harrison Ford as Regis Philbin? Well, not quite.

But the action star has been cast as one of the personalities of "Morning Glory," a comedy feature that takes place in and around a morning talk show. Rachel McAdams is in final negotiations to join the cast.

Roger Michell ("Notting Hill") is attached to direct the Paramount project.

Ford plays a grizzled old-school anchor in the Ted Koppel mold who quits in disgust over the gossip-heavy direction of the evening newscast. He's then recruited by a hot up-and-coming producer (McAdams) to help revive a morning talk show, only to be paired with his rival.

The 66-year-old actor hasn't been showcased in a comedic role since the 1995 misfire "Sabrina." He will next be seen in Wayne Kramer's immigration drama, "Crossing Over." McAdams ("Wedding Crashers") will next be seen in "State of Play" and "The Time Traveler's Wife."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Actor Harrison Ford waves as he arrives for a screening of his film "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in Tokyo, June 5, 2008. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao</p>