Krasinski suits up for Clooney pic

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John Krasinski, one of the breakout stars of NBC's "The Office," is in negotiations to star alongside George Clooney and Renee Zellweger in Universal Pictures' "Leatherheads," a 1920s football romantic comedy that Clooney is directing.

Written by Steven Schiff and Clooney, the story centers on team owner Jimmy "Dodge" Connelly (Clooney), who hires straight-laced college football sensation Carter Rutherford (to be played by Krasinski) to play professionally. The scandalous sport becomes popular and commercialized, and confirmed bachelor Dodge falls for Carter's reluctant fiancee, Lexi (Zellweger).

One point still being ironed out is how to make the movie — slated for a spring shoot — fit in to Krasinski's schedule, which has him making the Emmy-winning NBC comedy until March. Considering that "The Office" is an NBC Universal TV production, sources said the two sides are working together to find a solution to production timing issues.

Clooney's Smoke House producing partner Grant Heslov is producing with Casey Silver.

Krasinski has a starring turn in Warner Bros. Pictures' comedy "License to Wed."

He also has cameos in Columbia's "The Holiday," DreamWorks' "Dreamgirls" and Warner Independent Pictures' "For Your Consideration."

Krasinski is repped by CAA and James Suskin Management.
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