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Acting since 1971, Brian Cox has done practically every genre and sub-genre you can imagine. From horror to comedy, action to drama, he is as versatile a performer that you will find in Hollywood and he doesn't mind showing it off. Hence why after making dramas like Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Coriolanus this year he may go head off and play Zach Galifianakis' father.

Variety is reporting that Cox has joined Dog Fight, the political comedy from director Jay Roach starring the aforementioned Galifianakis and Will Ferrell. Timed with the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, the comedy is about two rivals vying running for congress in a small district of North Carolina. Cox would play a retired senator who has always been distant from his family. Other actors signed on to the film include Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Sarah Baker and Katherine LaNasa. Ferrell, Galifianakis and Roach are all attached to produce the film, as is Adam McCay. The script was written by Chris Henchy, who wrote The Other Guys with Ferrell and Shawn Harwell, who is a writer on the hit HBO show Eastbound and Down.

I really love this news. Cox has always been brilliant at playing the gruff, father figure, so I can't imagine anyone better suited for this part. Given Galfiainakis' propensity for playing characters that tear up at the slightest amount of aggression, I can only imagine that the movie will have at least one scene in which Cox screams at him until he cries.