Jesse Eisenberg attends the 60th annual Obie awards on May 18, 2015 in New York City.
Shia LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg may be taking on the roles of stoners-turned-arms-dealers in Arms and the Dudes, THR has confirmed.
Warner Bros. and producer-director Todd Phillips want the duo to star in the comedy, but there's still a ways to go with talks.
Phillips, who is producing under his Green Hat Films banner, is co-writing the the script with Jason Smilovic. The story, based on Guy Lawson's Rolling Stone article, follows two stoners from Miami Beach who ended up becoming arms dealers for the U.S. government.
The project was one of the first tied to The Hangover director's new company, which he formed with actor Bradley Cooper in May. Green Hat has a three-year production deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.
Mark Gordon is also producing while Bryan Zuriff is executive producing. Jesse Ehrman and Jon Gonda are overseeing Arms and the Dudes for Warner Bros.
LaBeouf will next be seen in David Ayers' WWII tank drama Fury. He's repped by CAA, John Crosby Management and Matthew Saver Law Offices.
Eisenberg's upcoming work includes Warner Bros.' superhero tentpole Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and American Ultra. He's repped by CAA and Felker Toczek.
Batman V. Superman: Jesse Eisenberg Says Lex Luthor Will Be A Complicated, Challenging Person
The new issue of Total Film has an interview with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Jesse Eisenberg, in which the star talks about his character, Superman’s arch nemesis, Lex Luthor.
According to Eisenberg, his Luthor will be a villain with plenty of psychological depth.
"There are some indications of how the character should behave based on the script, and then an actor makes it his or her own,” Eisenberg says. “I got to know one of the writers Chris Terrio, and we were able to discuss things at length and figure out who this person is to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology. I can only say I've been asked to play an interesting role. A complicated, challenging person."
Ignoring his somewhat condescending remark about the source material, it sounds like Eisenberg is putting his all into his version of Lex Luthor.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters March 25, 2016.
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