Liotta cops to 'Youth' comedy for Dimension


Ray Liotta will get on Michael Cera's case in "Youth in Revolt," a Dimension Films comedy being directed by Miguel Arteta.

The movie is an adaptation of the popular novels by C.D. Payne that follows Nick Twisp, a smart, sexually obsessed teen living in a world of moronic adults.

Cera plays Twisp. Liotta will play a cop who is having an affair with Cera's mom (Jean Smart). When that relationship goes sour, the cop gets his twisted revenge on the mom by going after Nick, who stands accused of arson.

Liotta has made a career of playing dramatic or gritty characters, though lately he seems to have found his funny bone — he's shooting "Observe and Report" with Seth Rogen for Warner Bros. and will shoot "Youth" in July.

"It's not really a conscious choice," Liotta said about his new turn. "I'm doing them because they're interesting stories and they allow me to show a side that I haven't been able to show in a lot of other movies. I think it's funny I play these tough guys anyhow. Most of my friends that I grew up with really find it funny that I play those characters because I've never been in a fight my whole life."

Before audiences see Liotta in comedic form, however, they'll first see him opposite Harrison Ford and Sean Penn in Wayne Kramer's immigration thriller "Crossing Over" and with Jessica Alba in "Powder Blue."

Liotta is repped by WMA and Untitled. (partialdiff)