Corddry suits up for 'Semi-Pro'


Rob Corddry is the latest funnyman joining the cast of New Line Cinema's "Semi-Pro." The former senior correspondent on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" is in final negotiations to join the Will Ferrell sports comedy being directed by Kent Alterman. Also joining the picture is DeRay Davis.

Written by Scot Armstrong, the story is set in the world of the American Basketball Assn. and follows Jackie Moon (Ferrell), the owner-coach-player of the fictional Flint Michigan Tropics. Moon must lead his team on a desperate attempt to make it to the big leagues. Will Arnett, Woody Harrelson and Andre Benjamin have already signed up.

Corddry will play Harrelson's nemesis, the man who is dating his ex-girlfriend.

Davis is a player who showboats on court, getting many fouls.

After finishing a five-year stint on "The Daily Show," Corddry, who toplines the upcoming Fox series "The Winner," has begun to string together roles in several high-profile films, including DreamWorks' "Blades of Glory," also starring Ferrell, and DreamWorks' as-yet-untitled Farrelly brothers project, starring Ben Stiller. He also recently joined the ensemble cast of the stoner sequel "Harold & Kumar 2." Corddry, repped by Endeavor and Principato-Young, is writing "The Donor" with Brian Huskey and Jason Mantzoukas for Paramount with Jon Stewart's Busboy Prods. producing as a starring vehicle for Corddry.

Davis recently stole scenes in New Line's "Code Name: The Cleaner" and last appeared in "School for Scoundrels" with Jon Heder. He is working on a Comedy Central variety show titled "The DeRay Way." He is repped by Global Artists and Principato-Young.

New Line's Toby Emmerich and Cale Boyter are shepherding the project, which is being produced by Jimmy Miller.

Shooting is scheduled to start this month in Los Angeles.