Fat Albert: According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Joel Zwick, who boarded the proposed Fat Albert project nearly a year ago, has found a new leading man in Kenan Thompson.

The actor and former star of Nickelodeon's "Kenan and Kel" as well as the current Barbershop 2: Back in Business will play the title character for 20th Century Fox.

Production is gearing up for a mid-April start with a cast that also includes Omarion of B2K fame as Reggie, Raven-Symone in the animated part of Danielle, Jermaine Williams as Mush Mouth, Jeremy Suarez in the animated role of Russell and Aaron Frazier as Weird Harold.

Brian B.