'Tropic' hot for Baruchel and Downey


Robert Downey Jr. and Jay Baruchel have signed on to star in the Ben Stiller-helmed comedy "Tropic Thunder" for DreamWorks Pictures and Red Hour Films.

In the film, everything goes wrong during the making of a big-budget war movie, and the actors end up becoming the commandos they are playing. Downey will play Kirk Lazarus, the greatest actor of his generation and a four-time Oscar winner. Baruchel will play Kevin Sandusky, an unknown actor on the set. Stiller, Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen penned the screenplay.

Shooting is set to start in July. Red Hour's Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld are producing alongside Eric McLeod.

DreamWorks' Jeremy Kramer and Adam Goodman will oversee for the studio, while Lara Breay is shepherding the project for Red Hour. Downey, who stars in the upcoming "Zodiac" and "Iron Man," is repped by CAA and attorney Tom Hansen.

Baruchel, who next appears in Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up," is repped by CAA and manager Willie Mercer at Thruline Entertainment.