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It looks like Robert De Niro’s longtime passion project THE COMEDIAN is moving forward, tapping Jennifer Aniston to star. Taylor Hackford is directing the drama, with intentions to shoot in early 2016 in New York.
The film centers on the life of a masterful insult comic, played by De Niro, who is on the order of Don Rickles. Aniston’s character meets him at a wedding and the two develop a close relationship.
Art Linson penned the drama, with the standup material scripted by notorious insult king and roast-master Jeffrey Ross and the Friars Club. Linson will also produce with Cinelou’s Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon. John Linson is also producing.
Aniston most recently appeared in Lionsgate’s comedy She’s Funny That Way and just wrapped on the Garry Marshall-directed comedy Mother’s Day. She’ll next shoot the Tye Sheridan and Jack Huston-led war drama The Yellow Birds, which is an adaptation of the novel penned by Kevin Powers. Aniston also recently joined another high-profile adaptation, What Alice Forgot, which is based on the acclaimed novel from Liane Moriarty.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor