Zach Galifiakanis, the dead cop?
EXCLUSIVE: How dark can Zach Galifianakis go?
The actor, who burst onto the film scene as a slack-jawed oddball in "The Hangover," played a mental patient in the dramedy "It's Kind of a Funny Story" this fall. Now he could be seen in an even grittier role: opposite Ryan Reynolds in the stylized crime drama "R.I.P.D."
Galifianakis is in talks to play the co-lead in the film, according to two people with knowledge of the project who were not authorized to speak publicly about it. The movie is based on a popular Dark Horse comic about dead police officers patrolling the underworld.
Peter Lenkov created the comic -- the acronym stands for Rest In Peace Department -- which centers on the revenge sought by the recently murdered policeman Nick Cruz (Reynolds). Galifianakis would play another dead police officer.
Robert Schwentke ("Red") is directing the movie, and one person who was briefed on the plans for the Universal Pictures production said that the company aims to shoot in the summer, when Reynolds has an open slot in his packed schedule. Universal Pictures declined to comment on pending development projects.
Galifianakis is about to get unleashed on the big screen: He reprises his Alan Garner role in "The Hangover 2" this May and follows it up with the role of Hobo Joe in the new "Muppets" movie in November.
-- Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Zach Galifianakis. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
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