Actor recruited for Paramount gridiron gig

Ashton Kutcher is looking to tackle a football comedy for Paramount Pictures.

Thesp is in final negotiations to star in the sports-themed pic “Traded,” which had been developed at DreamWorks but became the property of Par following DreamWorks’ exit in the fall.

Storycenters on a superstar NFL quarterback and a 12-year-old middle school geek who magically trade bodies, then quickly learn valuable lessons about humility and courage.

David Stem and David Weiss, who wrote the upcoming 20th Century Fox family pic “They Came From Upstairs,” penned the most recent draft.

Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin, the former partners behind such sports films as “Coach Carter” and “Varsity Blues,” are producing alongside Jason Hoffs. Robbins’ producing partner Sharla Sumpter Bridgett will serve in some producing capacity.

Kutcher, who most recently starred in “What Happens in Vegas,” has two films in the can: the indies “Personal Effects” and “Spread.”

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