'Drop-Out' hooks up with Cher, Knoxville


Cher and Johnny Knoxville are attached to star in "The Drop-Out," a comedy written by Ricky Blitt, who also will direct.

The slacker comedy tracks the fortunes of a thirtysomething career college student (Knoxville) who is finally kicked out of his parents' house. Desperate, he decides to get in good with the sixtysomething woman next door (Cher) so he can keep his food, couch and TV regimen intact. In the mix is the woman's ne'er-do-well son, who is looking for a father figure, even if it's a guy his age.

Despite the early stages of the project, Cher recently let slip her enthusiasm for the script on "Ellen." The filmmakers are casting the son role.

Blitt wrote the 2005 comedy "The Ringer," which also starred Knoxville and was produced by the Farrelly brothers.

The CAA-repped Knoxville is a writer-producer-star of the "Jackass" TV and film series and appeared in "Walking Tall" and "The Dukes of Hazzard."

Oscar winner Cher, repped by Affirmative Entertainment, most recently appeared in the Farrellys' comedy "Stuck on You" in 2003. (partialdiff)
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