Jonah Hill has finalized a deal to star in the Warner Bros. crime comedy Arms and the Dudes, with Miles Teller also being offered a role. We reported in September that both Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf were circling the project. However, Jesse Eisenberg is expected to play Lex Luthor in Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad, which conflicts with Arms and the Dudes. Shia LaBeouf is also no longer involved.
Jonah Hill was actually mentioned as being a part of table reads for the project back in May for director Todd Phillips and producer Bradley Cooper. It wasn't known at the time if Bradley Cooper is starring in and producing the crime comedy, but now it seems that he is only producing, alongside Mark Gordon and executive producer Bryan Zuriff.
Arms and the Dudes is based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson, which follows two Miami Beach stoners who win a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply American allies in Afghanistan with weapons. They made over 85 deliveries of arms and munitions worth $66 million, before the FBI raided their offices in Miami in 2007. With the cast starting to come together, it isn't clear when production may begin.
Jonah Hill is coming off the hit comedy sequel 22 Jump Street, and he will next be seen in Hail Caesar. Miles Teller stars in two high-profile projects next year, The Divergent Series: Insurgent and The Fantastic Four.