Usually relegated to a strong but supporting role in a number of comedies as of late, Ed Helms has nabbed the lead role in the remake of the French comedy Le Mac. Variety reports that Helms will topline the remake and produce alongside Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films. Directed by Pascal Bourdeaux, the 2010 original film centered on a mild-mannered banker who was forced to masquerade as a notorious gangster and pimp. Johnny Rosenthal, who was recently tapped to pen the sequel to Bad Santa, sold the pitch and will write the screenplay himself.
After his starmaking turns in The Hangover and on The Office, Helms was recently front and center in the indie comedy Cedar Rapids alongside John C. Reilly and Anne Heche. He also has a role in the upcoming Jason Segel-starred comedy Jeff Who Lives at Home and will be lending his voice to The Lorax.