Owen Wilson Joining Ed Helms in 'Bastards' Comedy (Exclusive)

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Owen Wilson; Ed Helms

Larry Sher, the cinematographer behind 'The Hangover' comedies, is making his directorial debut with the Alcon project.

Owen Wilson has closed a deal to join Ed Helms in Bastards, a comedy being produced by Alcon and the Montecito Picture Company.

Larry Sher, the cinematographer behind The Hangover comedies, is making his directorial debut with the project, which is heading towards a September start in Atlanta.

The script by Justin Malen centers on two brothers whose mother who slept with many, many, many famous men in the 1970s heyday of the Studio 54 scene. When they find out that their biological father is still alive, the two hit the road to find him.

Alcon is financing Bastards and the company’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Montecito’s Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock and Ali Bell. Chris Fenton and Chris Cowles are executive producing.

The project was previously set up at Paramount.

Wilson, who was seen recently in both Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice as well as action thriller No Escape, is back in comedy mode with Masterminds. The Relativity movie stars Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis and opens October 9.

He is repped by UTA and Hirsch Wallerstein.