The film, to be directed by Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen, follows an innocent man who is convicted of a crime and prepares for prison with help from the man who washes his car. Warner Bros. recently announced a March 27, 2015, release date for the film.
Nelson will play Martin Barrow, the founder of Barrow Funds. He’s Ferrell’s character’s boss and also the father of Ferrell’s fiancee.
The script was written by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, who are executive producers on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele.
Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing via their Gary Sanchez banner. Jesse Ehrman is overseeing for the studio.
Nelson, who won an Emmy for his role as Hayden Fox on the TV series Coach, currently stars on the NBC drama Parenthood. His recent films include Blades of Glory, The Proposal and The Company Men. He is repped by Paradigm, Forward Entertainment and attorney Tom Hoberman.