Ken Jeong Signs on for Expanded Role in 'Hangover: Part III' (Exclusive)

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Actor segues from supporting part to major piece of the Todd Phillips-helmed film.

Ken Jeong is coming back for a third Hangover.

The doctor-turned-standup comic-turned-actor has inked a deal with Warner Bros. to return to the blockbuster franchise. But this time around, sources say Jeong will see his role significantly expanded for the Todd Phillips-helmed threequel, set for a Memorial Day 2013 release.

Jeong, who has watched his star rise thanks to roles in some of the biggest hits of the past few years including Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Knocked Up and Despicable Me, is perhaps most identified with the Hangover films. His scene-stealing turn in the 2009 comedy was followed by a return engagement in 2011’s The Hangover: Part II (his character, Mr. Chow, was presumed dead but revived by the end of the film). Sources say Mr. Chow will play a larger role in the third installment, though Warners is keeping the plot under wraps.

Jeong is working out dates to avoid conflicts with his NBC/Sony series Community. The show begins shooting in August and overlaps slightly with Hangover III's planned fall shoot.

The pic will be co-financed by Legendary Pictures.

Jeong is the last significant piece of the puzzle to come together for the threequel. Stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis already have signed to return.

Jeong is repped by UTA, manager Brett Carducci and attorney Chad Christopher.

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