Actor to star in Gilligan-scripted film for Sony

After years of toying with the project, Will Ferrell is getting serious about “Two Face,” a Vince Gilligan-scripted drama-comedy for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Mark Johnson and Jimmy Miller are producing.

Ferrell is attached to play the title character, a racist who, after a prank gone awry, develops a split personality.

Ferrell has been intrigued by the script for three years, but the project has gained momentum over the past year. Johnson and Gilligan previously worked together on “Home Fries,” and Gilligan’s more recent credit is the Sony hit “Hancock.”

Johnson and Miller are looking for a director, with an eye toward making the film early next year — before Ferrell’s planned stint starring with Sacha Baron Cohen in the Etan Cohen-scripted comedy about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, which Miller and Judd Apatow will produce for Columbia.

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