Zach Galifianakis ready for ‘Dinner’

'Hangover' thesp joins Carell and Rudd in comedy

Zach Galifianakis is in talks to join “Dinner for Schmucks” opposite Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Lucy Punch.

“Schmucks,” helmed by Jay Roach, is co-financed by DreamWorks, Spyglass and Paramount and is set to shoot this fall for a summer 2010 release.

Based on the 1998 French film written and directed by Francis Veber, “Schmucks” centers on the most pathetic guest to ever grace one man’s weekly dinner gathering. Galifianakis will play an assistant manager of a mattress store who is dating Carell’s ex-wife.

Following his breakout success in Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover,” Galifianakis also signed to play one of the two leads in Warner Bros.’ “Due Date.” Phillips also directs this comedy, which focuses on an expectant dad and his unlikely travel companion racing cross-country in hopes of making it home for the birth of his first child.

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