According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sacha Baron Cohen, John C. Reilly, Michael Clarke Duncan and Gary Cole have signed on to star in the untitled Will Ferrell NASCAR comedy for Columbia Pictures.

The story follows Ricky Bobby (Ferrell), a world-class race car driver and fan favorite. Cohen, hot off the success of his HBO comedy series Da Ali G Show, will play Jean Girard, a gay, French Formula One driver who comes to the U.S. to conquer NASCAR and defeat Ferrell.

Reilly, who is filming Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, will play Cal Naughton, Ferrell's boyhood friend who together with Ferrell forms Thunder & Lightning, the most feared racing duo in NASCAR.

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Evan Jacobs