Actor Will Ferrell is set to start in a new film about eSports, production company Legendary announced today.
The man known for roles in films such as Elf, Anchorman, and Stepbrothers is set to play a professional gamer in the as-yet untitled project, with reports suggesting that the role will be similar to his turn as the arrogant Ricky Bobby character from Talladega Nights.
There’s no word yet on exactly what the story will entail, although I think it’s safe to assume that’ll be on the comedic end of the spectrum, especially given that Funny or Die’s Michael Kvamme and WaitListComedy founder Jordan Dunn will write the script.
Legendary also confirmed in its announcement that top eSports teams Evil Geniuses and Fnatic are in talks to appear in the film in some way.
For those concerned that the film might be a complete send-up of the eSports scene, Legendary previously worked on the Warcraft movie, as well as Dead Rising: Endgame and the upcoming Detective Pikachu flick.
Ferrell meanwhile, teamed up with a gaming charity back in 2014 to help raise money for cancer research, so the guy has some onscreen gaming experience.
The next major videogame film due out is Assassin’s Creed, which comes to cinemas on December 21.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.