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One of the first films that Jay Baruchel ever got to act in was Cameron Crowe's brilliant 2000 music-driven drama Almost Famous, playing an obsessive Led Zeppelin fan, and now 13 years later the two are set to reunite on the director's latest project. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the actor has just signed a deal that will see him star alongside Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin in what's right now being called simply an "untitled romantic comedy."
Based on an original screenplay written by Crowe, the new film stars Cooper as a defense contractor who is stationed in Hawaii and working to set up a weapons satellite launch. In a twist, however, Cooper's character is actually trying to " scuttle the launch," and he teams up with an Air Force pilot (Stone) to do so. Unlike most of the writer/director's filmmography, it appears that this project will be dipping into a bit of sci-fi and fantasy, as THR notes that the film will also feature "Mystical island forces and a talking computer" (to what end we have no idea). At this stage it's unclear who Baldwin and McBride will be playing in the movie or what their roles will be in the plot, but McAdams will be playing an ex-girlfriend of the defense contractor while Baruchel is signed on to play his step-brother.
After being off of the big screen for most of last year - the exception being a small role in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis - the Canadian star has had a solid 2013. This summer he played a key role alongside Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson in the hit R-rated apocalyptic comedy This Is The End - which made over $100 million - and the Toronto International Film Festival saw the premiere of the heist flick The Art of The Steal co-starring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon and Terence Stamp. Coming up he is set to reprise his role as Hiccup in Dreamworks Animation's How To Train Your Dragon 2 and 3, and he has also completed production on the indie drama Don Peyote from co-directors Michael Canzoniero and Dan Fogler. His next film with a confirmed release date, however, is Jose Padilha's RoboCop remake, which will be out in February next year and features Baruchel as the head of marketing for Omnicorp. You can briefly see him in the trailer below, mostly in the scenes featuring Michael Keaton:
Scott Rudin is set to produce the new Crowe film and Columbia Pictures is backing the project, but other details regarding its production schedule appear to be unknown. Hopefully they are planning to start filming soon so that the movie will be in theaters next year.