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"Sean Penn"Sean Penn has been confirmed to direct the forthcoming indie drama movie ‘The Comedian’ with Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig.

The Oscar Award winning actor Sean Penn has been set to direct the upcoming movie ‘The Comedian’. Kristen Wiig will be playing the female lead role, while Robert De Niro plays the male lead role in the movie. Earlier, the project has attracted the director Martin Scorsese of ‘Hugo’, which centers on an aging insult comic in the vein of Don Rickles and Joan Rivers. The international distribution would be handled by FilmNation Entertainment.

The story of the movie ‘The Comedian’ is about the character of Jackie Burke played by De Niro, a once loved TV character craving out to restore the fame he had enjoyed. He gets sentenced to community service, for hitting a member in the audience with a microphone. However, his life takes a turn, after meeting a dazzling redhead Harmony played by Kristen Wiig. The production of the movie has been scheduled to start in Spring 2012.

Glen Basner, the CEO of FilmNation Entertainment said that, they are very excited to be working with such an amazing talented group of filmmakers for this movie and it could not be much simpler than this, especially for them being the New Yorkers. Art Linson of ‘What Just Happened’ and comedian Jeffrey Ross will share the pen in providing the script for the movie. The last movie Sean Penn directed was ‘Into the Wild’ in the year 2007, which received critical acclaims and two Oscar Award nominations.

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