'Gulliver's Travels' gets its bad guy

Chris O'Dowd joins cast of adaptation

Chris O'Dowd has been cast in the Fox comedy "Gulliver's Travels."

The actor joins Jack Black, Jason Segel, Amanda Peet and Emily Blunt in the big-budget adaptation of the classic Jonathan Swift story.

The modern version is about the adventures of travel writer Lemuel Gulliver, who while on a Bermuda Triangle assignment gets sidetracked to the secret island of Lilliput. O'Dowd will play Edward, Black's Lilliputian nemesis.

Rob Letterman ("Monsters vs. Aliens") is directing from a screenplay originally penned by Joe Stillman ("Shrek 2"), with additional work done by Nicholas Stoller ("Yes Man") and Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant ("Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian").

Black, John Davis and Ben Cooley are producing.

O'Dowd, who is repped by UTA, Gordon & French in the U.K. and 3 Arts Entertainment, had roles in the feature "The Boat That Rocked" and in the British series "The IT Crowd."