Will Ferrell to Star in a Gaming Movie

He'll play a professional gamer in the untitled film.

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Actor Will Ferrell will star in a new movie about competitive gaming, production company Legendary announced today. The Anchorman star will play a professional gamer in the untitled movie. The role is said to be akin to his Ricky Bobby character in the NASCAR movie Talladega Nights.

There is no word yet on what the story will be, though we know that Funny or Die's Michael Kvamme and WaitListComedy founder Jordan Dunn will write the script. Legendary said in its announcement today that top esports teams Evil Geniuses and Fnatic are in talks to appear in the film in some way.

Legendary was also behind this year's Warcraft and Dead Rising: Endgame. The company is also producing the upcoming Detective Pikachu film.

Ferrell does have some on-screen gaming experience. In 2014, he teamed up with a gaming charity to help raise money for cancer research. Check out the Funny or Die video announcing the event above.

No supporting cast, director, title, or release date was announced for the upcoming esports movie.

The next major video game film is Assassin's Creed, which is based on the Ubisoft series. It comes to theaters on December 21.

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Lol I can see this being pretty good

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No talent bum with nothing better to do makes movie. Will bomb, hard.

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I can't stand fake/acting to play video games. I know the advert was meant to have a slight comedic style. But any time someone fakes playing a game it just bugs me.

If it's a silly comedy movie like step brothers, it'll be a good laugh.

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@Kos1c: lol I hate seeing actors rapidly tapping the buttons and sticks in a nonsensical fashion. It's painfully obvious they've never gamed before.

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can't wait to see this douchebag butcher the gaming community. I really hate those who make fun of gamers and yet still wants to get a piece of the cake.

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@jyml8582:

It's called being ignorant and not understanding dude!!! Happens practically all the time in this world hence forth why we see, have and face so much discrimination on many different things in daily life on a regular.

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Great, now women will find more ways to judge the honest men that have jobs and can carry on a normal lifestyle but still like to game whenever it's possible. "Look honey, that's you".

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Oh, god... Who thought putting will ferrel in a starring role for a video game movie was a good idea?
They need to be fired... To the moon.

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Reminds me of the movie that was made about Dodgeball

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If its anything like grandmas boy, ill definitely watch it.

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My respect dropped for him when he started doing political ads for Hilary. I'm so sick of liberal celebrities who pretend to know about politics. Just do what you're famous for doing and quit trying to be an activist. As far as these gaming movies...they need to stop.

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@Gravity_Slave: a lot like you who claims to know how the world works Lol just shut up pseudo smarty

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@GiftOrGone: I never claimed to Know how the world works. (Your words, not mine). That's why you don't see me pandering to hipster dbags to vote for Hilary. So with that, what's your point?

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@GiftOrGone: except that he never claimed he knew how the world works. Make sure you actually read and understand a comment before answering stupidities to it.

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@sticktaler36: i never said I didn't think he was funny. I loved some of his SNL, Step Brothers and Elf. But he's a political dipshit. I feel the same way about Colbert and Patton Oswalt.

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Too bad they didn't cast him as a serious Ezio Auditore.

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YES! If only I could put up a hilarious meme to show how happy I am. Chances are it would be a Will Ferrell meme and it would be stunning!

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@d9000: Will Farrel is usually fun and funny but good gods a movie about esports??? this'll be boring as F......

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@sticktaler36: Step Brothers was funny as hell.....it was actually a strong basis for a comedy....

fracking 21 jump Street is a strong enough basis as well, not that funny though.....Airplane was funny as F but you say a spoof on Airport and you'rte like how??

1 it depends on what the subject is 2 it depends on execution and writing and 3 we've seen solid standup comics who know comedy inside and out suck ass at comedic movies.....also 4 it comes down to this being a exploit movie, exploiting es[ports hoping to make something like Major League but even there how did that franchise end up?? 1 good movie and a trash sequel that recycled the same jokes.....i've seen enough movies to spot a turd from a mile away, this'll be a turd just watch.......

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@darthrevenx: What up? eSports are dope. And even if you think watching eSport is boring that's probably not what the movie would be about. It'd be about playing eSports.

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@d9000: Well considering he was in a movie about figure skating that was pretty damn funny I'm confident they'll be able to do something decent with eSports.

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This is not going to go well...

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@Servare: Why? It worked great for Sandler!...oh wait...nm

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Isn't he a little old to be starring in a movie about competitive gaming?

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@DEATHWlSH: You must be an awkward pimply teen or 20 something no-nothing. You do realize that people in their 40's and 50's grew up with video games right?

Long before you watched your first Bob the Builder video while you shat your pants with glazed eyes, there were gamers Wills age.

It's not like gamers hit 40 and go "well! I guess that's it! I'm too old for gaming! Time to pack it up and be lame."

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@Gravity_Slave: We aren't just talking about games, we're talking about competitive gaming. Reaction times for old people in their 40's and 50's is significantly worse than younger kids in their teens and 20's. It's not ageism, it's a biological fact.

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@drizzygadget: Lol what's the difference? In the end it's about the love of games. Our hobby. There's no law, rule or even hypothetical scenario that dictates you must be under a certain age to do ANY kind of gaming. Reaction time?

Seriously? You're gonna play that angle? Some of the most skilled people In the world who work with their hands are over 40. Surgeons, pilots and athletes. And I used to be a teen. Not every kid that age is coordinated.

Age doesn't dictate skill. Experience does.

Hate to break it to ya sport but you don't become a bumbling mess after 40. I'm 40 and I do just fine in online MP gaming against kids half my age. Saying people over 40 aren't as good as everyone else is as dumb as saying girls cant play video games. Get your facts straight kiddo

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@DEATHWlSH: That's absurd but that's the point... It's a comedy.

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A lot of people hate Ferell, but i like his movies though im not totally convinced about this idea, in the mean time you can always watch Grandmas Boy for a game/comedy movie.

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@wretch1d: I like his movies but like Patton Oswalt, he a political retard.

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@wretch1d: pLeAse SiT oN mY FaCE!

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@sellingthings: I know lots of losers with kids and a wife. Just because you were sad or dumb enough to get married, doesn't mean you're immune from being a loser.

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Every time I see a story about the Evil Geniuses I keep thinking of that 60s base building game. Then I realise it's about something shit instead.

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@pongley: Hell yeah Evil Genius! The best Dungeon Keeper game since Dungeon Keeper 2 because EA decided to run that series into the ground.

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I dislike him, but I like his facial hair.