Larry the Cable Guy has signed on to star in the comedy, Witless Protection for Lionsgate.

Charles Carner wrote and is directing the film; the story centers on a small-town sheriff who witnesses what he believes is a kidnapping and rushes to rescue a woman. The Hollywood Reporter adds the kidnappers turn out to be FBI agents assigned to protect her and deliver her to a big Enron-type corruption trial in Chicago but are later found to be on the take and are villains who are bent on killing her.

The film co-stars Ivana Milicevic, Yaphet Kotto, Peter Stormare, Joe Mantegna and Eric Roberts. Production on Witless Protection is scheduled to begin May 21 in and around Chicago.