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Zach Galifianakis is in talks to star opposite Ryan Reynolds in R.I.P.D., Universal Pictures’ supernatural comedy based on the Dark Horse comic, 24 Frames reports.
Created by Peter M. Lenkov and Lucas Marangon, the 2000 miniseries centers on the Rest In Peace Department, a divine law-enforcement division comprised of ghosts who grapple with spirits who aren’t ready to depart this world. The busy Reynolds stars as Nick Cruz, a recently murdered police officer who trades 100 years of service to the R.I.P.D. in exchange for a shot at finding his killer. Galifianakis would play Reynolds’ partner, a wise-cracking ghost who’s been hunting spirits since the 19th century.
Galifianakis, who’ll next be seen in The Hangover 2 and The Muppets, has been long rumored for the role. Red‘s Robert Schwentke signed on to direct in August. Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson is producing with Neal Moritz and David Dobkin.