We Bought a Zoo Adds John Michael Higgins

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John Michael Higgins, the comic actor best known for his appearance in Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries, has signed on for Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

ComingSoon.net has also confirmed the long-rumored casting of Scarlett Johansson as the film’s female lead. She will appear with Matt Damon as couple who purchase and restore a failing zoo.

Higgins is said to be playing a state zoo inspector with a dislike for Damon’s character. Also appearing in the film are Thomas Haden Church, Colin Ford and Angus MacFadyen.

We Bought a Zoo is scheduled to hit theaters on December 23, 2011.