Actor could join cast of Stiller-directed comedy

Jack Black is in talks to star in the Ben Stiller-directed laffer “Tropic Thunder” for DreamWorks Pictures. Stiller’s shingle Red Hour Films is producing.

Stiller co-wrote the script with Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen. Already set to star are Robert Downey Jr. and Jay Baruchel.

A movie within a movie, storyline revolves around a group of actors who are on location shooting a war pic.

Producers are Stiller and Red Hour’s Stuart Cornfeld.

Black stars in the upcoming “Margot at the Wedding,” “Be Kind Rewind” and “Kung Fu Panda.”

Black is repped by UTA.

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