Jack Black in Stiller’s Tropic Thunder

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Jack Black will star in the Ben Stiller-directed comedy Tropic Thunder, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jay Baruchel, reports Production Weekly.

The comedy is about five actors who go on location and find themselves relying on their boot camp experiences when they get stuck in a real war-like situation. Stiller, Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen wrote the screenplay.

Black will play Jeff “Fats” Portnoy, an overweight gross-out comedian, who’s forced to kick his drug addiction while filming on location in the jungle. Downey Jr. 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 and Stiller plays Speedman.

Shooting is set to begin in July.

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