Will Ferrell will star as a struggling nightclub performer in the family comedy “Tom’s Dad,” with Johnny Depp producing.

Lasse Hallstrom will direct, with shooting expected to start early next year. Fortitude International is launching international sales at Cannes and UTA Independent Film Group is handling North American rights.

Depp is producing with Christi Dembrowski through their Infinitum Nihil banner along with Joni Levin and Keith Clarke of Point Blank Prods. and Arsenal’s John Ptak. Peter D. Graves is exec producing, as well as providing marketing and distribution oversight. Thomas A. Walsh will co-produce.

Martin Casella wrote the screenplay with revisions by Clarke. The story is set in Nevada in the 1960s, with Ferrell playing a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year-old son when his ex-wife departs on a three-week trip.

Ferrell recently starred with Kevin Hart in “Get Hard,” which grossed $103 million worldwide. He will be seen next with Mark Wahlberg in Paramount’s family comedy “Daddy’s Home” and in “Zoolander 2.”

Hallstrom’s credits include “The Hundred Foot Journey,” “Dear John” and “The Cider House Rules.”

Ferrell is represented by UTA and Mosaic. Hallstrom is represented by UTA.

The news was first reported by Deadline.com.