With first starring role, Corddry makes 'A' list


Rob Corddry has landed his first starring role with "Project A," a New Line action comedy being produced by Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld via their Red Hour shingle.

Corddry will star as the "A" in the venture, playing a man trained by the U.S. government as a Cold War experiment to become the world's biggest jerk. The script is by Etan Cohen, one of the writers of Stiller's upcoming "Tropic Thunder."

The project has been in development for several years, and Corddry has long wanted in on it.

"Ben and Stuart gave it to me to read years ago, and it's always been the first thing I ask my agents and managers about," Corddry told The Hollywood Reporter. "They've always said, 'Go open a movie first!' "

Corddry is onscreen in New Line's "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay" and "What Happens in Vegas," stealing scenes as he's done since getting his start as a correspondent on "The Daily Show."

He said he's happy that he's considered for larger roles.

"I'm slowly working my way up the ladder, starting from high school drama class," he said. "I am hoping this will break my cherry, as it were." Only half-joking, he added, "I've never been higher than No. 3 on the call sheet."

Richard Brener and Dave Neustadter are overseeing.

Corddry, repped by Endeavor and Principato/Young, is prepping to portray former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer in Oliver Stone's "W," which he will shoot in June. (partialdiff)