Universal comedy will star Danny McBride

Universal Pictures has set David Gordon Green to direct “Your Highness,” a comedy that will star Danny McBride.

Scott Stuber will produce through his Universal-based company. Production begins in January.

McBride, who wrote the script with Ben Best, will play an arrogant, lazy prince who must complete a quest to save his father’s kingdom.

“This is such an original idea for a comedy that takes place in a kingdom with dragons and wizards, with Danny at the center as the outcast brother who gets an opportunity to prove himself,” Stuber said.

Stuber said “Your Highness” shapes up as the next film for Green, whose directing efforts include “George Washington,” “Snow Angels” and “All the Real Girls,” the last of which marked McBride’s acting debut. The pair were college classmates.

McBride’s upcoming projects include Friday opener “The Foot Fist Way” and two summer comedies: the Judd Apatow-produced “Pineapple Express,” which Green directed, and the Ben Stiller-directed “Tropic Thunder.” McBride is currently filming “Land of the Lost” with Will Ferrell for Universal.

Best wrote “The Foot Fist Way” with McBride and Jody Hill; he also co-stars in the film.

Stuber is producing “Big Brothers,” “Wolf Man” and “Traveling.”

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