Ferrell into ‘Whistleblower’

Apatow to produce for Touchstone

NEW YORK — Will Ferrell, who has developed his own cult following with the cheerleaders sketch on “Saturday Night Live,” has inked to topline “The Whistleblower” for Touchstone Pictures, the studio confirmed Monday.

Ferrell will play a man who discovers that his company’s product isn’t all that it’s supposed to be. When he goes to his boss to complain, he immediately becomes the prey of company hit men.

Sources said Ferrell would earn just shy of $1 million for the role.

Hugh Fink and Tom Martin scripted. Judd Apatow is producing the pic. No director is attached. Touchstone senior VP Todd Garner will oversee it for the studio.

Ferrell’s feature credits include New Line Cinema’s “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” and the upcoming “Night at the Roxbury” for Paramount.

United Talent Agency repped Ferrell in the deal. Jamie Goldstein is his manager.

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