Tri-Star Pictures has pre-emptively acquired a comedy pitch entitled The Yank, which has Will Ferrell attached to star.

The script will be written by Steve Pink and Jeff Morris, which follows a timid insurance courier (Will Ferrell) who gets caught up in a plot to steal the Crown Jewels in London. Mosaic is producing alongside Will Ferrell's Gary Sanchez Productions.

The project doesn't have a director attached at this time, and no production schedule has been given. Will Ferrell most recently starred in The Lego Movie, and he will next be seen in Get Hard.

This project is the second star-driven project Tom Rothman's Tri-Star has landed this month, following their acquisition of Ricki and the Flash, which stars Meryl Streep as a woman who works at a grocery store by day, and moonlights as a hard rocker at night. Jonathan Demme is directing that project from a script by Diablo Cody. Tri-Star is also prepping To Walk the Clouds, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, the man who walked between New York's Twin Towers on a tightrope in 1974. Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale and Charlotte Le Bon co-star in this drama from director Robert Zemeckis.