Rogue Films has set Dan Fogler, the Tony-winning star of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” for the lead in laffer “Balls of Fury.”
Pic was written by “Reno 911” creators Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant. Garant will direct.
Fogler will play an accomplished Ping-Pong player who’s disgraced on the world stage and relegated to using his prowess to make a living as a Vegas act — until he’s enlisted by the CIA to make a comeback.
Lennon also is expected to play a key role in the film, which will shoot next spring.
Spyglass’ Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman are producing with Lennon and Garant. Derek Evans exec producers.
Pic becomes one of the first Rogue efforts since the Focus genre division was taken over by former Dimension co-president Andrew Rona. Spyglass previously worked with Lennon and Garant when the duo wrote the Adam Shankman-directed Vin Diesel hit “The Pacifier.”
Fogler, who will remain with the stage musical until early next year, is making a quick transition to features with WMA. Thesp will provide the lead voice in the animated Disney pic “Rapunzel”; he’ll star in indie “The Marconi Brothers” in October, directed by Michael Canzoniero and Marco Ricci; and he’s in talks to play a supporting role alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder in the Todd Phillips-directed “School for Scoundrels” for the Weinstein Co.’s Dimension Films.