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Fox has found its Brandt Joel.
Wilfred’s Chris Klein has been tapped to play a character based on the top WME talent agent in Fox’s untitled Mark Wahlberg–Steve Levinson presentation, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Based on Nikki Joel‘s tell-all blog LifestyleLemonaid.com about her outrageous marriage to Joel, Klein will play Brad opposite Breaking In‘s Erin Richards‘ Jackie.
The project, which landed at Fox with a pilot-presentation order in September after two years at HBO, centers on a thirtysomething mother, wife and friend. In the Fox adaptation, Brad is a 36-year-old who is described as feeling and acting like America’s last real man. He’s an ex-Navy man who still sports the crew cut and now works as a construction foreman. He’s playful, can’t hold his booze and adores his wife Jackie, even if she can be a handful.
Desperate Housewives‘ Jordon Nardino will pen the script and executive produce alongside Wahlberg, Levinson, Nikki Joel and Wayne Carmona, with production due to begin in mid-November for a Los Angeles shoot.
HBO will handle production on the comedy.
Klein, whose credits also include the American Pie franchise, is repped by ICM Partners, Brillstein and Sloane Offer.
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