Jon Hamm Rumored for 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet'

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With the rapturously received Boyhood opening in theaters this weekend, director Richard Linklater has the cinematic world as his oyster, so it might seem strange that his follow-up could be a remake of a Don Knotts comedy from the '60s -- let alone one that boasts an absurdly talented cast. But that's the scoop according to the Wrap, where they're reporting that Linklater and Warner Bros. are busy prepping his "passion project" for production as soon as this fall.

The site's sources say Jon Hamm is in talks for the role of the film's villain, which will star Zach Galifianakis as Larry Limpet, the "bearded beach bum" whose efforts to save the local fish population lead to his own transformation into a fish. The supporting cast reportedly includes Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, and Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a.k.a. Key & Peele.

No release date is mentioned for the new-look Limpet, although Warners is obviously committed to the picture; they've been trying to update it for years, and at one point hoped to fashion the property into a starring project for Jim Carrey. The Wrap's report indicates that the live-action sequences could be filmed in early 2015.

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