Whenever I think of Jay Baruchel, I think of the awkward, nervous guy from the Judd Apatow movies and Undeclared. Whenever I think of David Cronenberg, I think about movies like The Fly, Videodrome, and Scanners. Needless to say, it's a bit weird writing about them in the same story, but here we go.

Deadline has it that Baruchel has signed on for a part in Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel, Cosmopolis. The young actor joins a cast that already includes Robert Pattinson, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric and Sarah Gadon. In the film, Pattinson will play Eric Packer, a financial wiz who, during a tumultuous day riding in his limo to get a haircut, manages to lose his entire fortune betting against the yen. Deadline says that Baruchel will play "the shy guy who founded the company" (it doesn't say what company, but we can presume it's the one that Packer works for) who also acts as Packer's conscience.

I actually really like Baruchel and think he has a quiet charm, but it doesn't sound like this role will be challenging him at all, which seems like a waste. Now, if you'll excuse me, I plan on spending the rest of the day waiting for someone to announce that Jason Segel has a role in the new David Lynch movie.

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