Downey Jr. & Baruchel Join Tropic Thunder

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Robert Downey Jr. and Jay Baruchel will star in the Ben Stiller-directed comedy Tropic Thunder for DreamWorks Pictures and Red Hour Films, says The Hollywood Reporter.

In the film, everything goes wrong during the making of a big-budget war movie, and the actors end up becoming the commandos they are playing. Downey will play Kirk Lazarus, the greatest actor of his generation and a four-time Oscar winner. Baruchel will play Kevin Sandusky, an unknown actor on the set.

Stiller, Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen penned the screenplay.

Shooting is set to start in July. Red Hour’s Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld are producing alongside Eric McLeod.