July 17, 2008 / 8:14 AM / 10 years ago

Will Ferrell attached to edgy social comedy

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Will Ferrell is attached to star in “2-Face,” a comedy involving a character with a split personality: One part of him is a racist, and the other is a bleeding-heart liberal.

Actor Will Ferrell is interviewed at the MuchMusic television station to promote his new movie "Semi-Pro" in Toronto February 27, 2008. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

The project is set up at Columbia, which will release his next comedy, “Step Brothers,” on July 25.

It comes from “Hancock” writer Vince Gilligan, whose script has had a lengthy, low-profile gestation period at the studio. The search for a director is under way.

While “2-Face” is described as a comedy with mainstream appeal — familiar terrain for Ferrell — Gilligan’s credits and the story’s socially relevant hook might give the role added heft. Ferrell has tried his hand at more serious roles, most notably in Marc Forster’s 2006 drama “Stranger Than Fiction.”

Gilligan has a diverse pedigree in Hollywood. In addition to “Hancock,” he helped create and wrote for the “X-Files” TV series and is the exec producer on AMC’s dark drama “Breaking Bad.”

But he also has penned lighter fare, writing the screenplay for the Drew Barrymore screwball comedy “Home Fries,” an absurdist look at murder, family and the military set in a fast-food restaurant.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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