Harrison Ford set for 'Morning Glory'

1:38 PM PST 12/16/2008 by Jay A. Fernandez, AP

Rachel McAdams also eyeing role in comedy

Harrison Ford as Regis Philbin? Well, not quite.

But the billion-dollar action star has been cast as one of the personalities of "Morning Glory," a Paramount comedy that takes place in and around a morning talk show. Rachel McAdams is in final negotiations to join the cast as well.

Roger Michell ("Venus") is attached to direct, and J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing through their Bad Robot banner. Sherryl Clark and Guy Riedel will executive produce.

Aline Brosh McKenna ("The Devil Wears Prada") wrote the script about a grizzled old-school anchor in the Ted Koppel mold (Ford) who quits in disgust with the gossip-heavy direction of the evening newscast. He is then recruited by a hot up-and-coming producer (McAdams) to help revive a morning talk show, only to be paired with his rival.

Bad Robot, which typically focuses on just one production at a time, has been eyeing "Morning Glory" all summer as McKenna polished her script. Now that the company's "Star Trek" is nearing completion, Paramount has been keen on pushing "Glory" as Robot's next project.

The 66-year-old Ford hasn't been showcased in a comedic role since "Sabrina" and "Working Girl." But the newsroom has often supplied the context for trenchant comedy, from "His Girl Friday" to "Network" and "Broadcast News." (The less said about the 1996 Robert Redford-Michelle Pfeiffer vehicle "Up Close & Personal" the better.)

The filmmakers had been discussing the producer role with Reese Witherspoon, but McAdams, repped by UTA, is now in line to play the part. The "Wedding Crashers" star will next be seen in "State of Play" and "The Time Traveler's Wife."

The UTA-repped Ford will next be seen in Wayne Kramer's immigration drama, "Crossing Over."

The CAA-repped Michell has also helmed "Enduring Love," "Changing Lanes" and "Notting Hill."
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