Comedian takes lead role in Ang Lee film

Comedian Demetri Martin is in negotiations for the starring role in Ang Lee’s next project, “Taking Woodstock,” for Focus Features.

Martin is best known for his “Trendspotting” segment on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”

Film is based on Elliot Tiber’s memoir, which is being adapted by Focus topper James Schamus. Tiber wrote the book — which was published last year — with Tom Monte.

Martin will star as Tiber, an in-the-closet gay man working at his parents’ motel in the Catskills, who inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. Focus is eyeing a late August start date.

Martin’s upcoming films include Fox Atomic’s “The Rocker” and Universal’s “Kids in America.” He also wrote and is attached to star in DreamWorks’ “Will,” which Scot Armstrong’s American Work Inc. is producing.

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