Engvall, Cyrus take the 'Bait'


Comedian Bill Engvall and crooner-turned-actor Billy Ray Cyrus are set to star in the comedy feature "Bait Shop" for Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

The story centers around a small town bait shop owner (Engvall) who finds his beloved tackle shop at risk of foreclosure.

In an attempt to raise money to save his business, he enters a high-profile fishing tournament, which finds him competing against his nemesis, the self-promoting fishing pro Hot Rod Johnson (Cyrus).

C.B. Harding "Delta Farce" is directing the film, which also stars Harve Presnell ("Fargo") and Richard Riehle ("Grounded for Life").

J.P. Williams of Parallel Entertainment and Alan Blomquist are producing the film, which was written by Engvall, Tom Ryan, Bear Aderhold and Tom Sullivan.

Production on the film, which will be distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment as a DVD original feature, is set to begin today in Orlando, Fla.