April 30--Johnny Knoxville is set to star in a new comedy by filmmaker Jeremy Garelick, "Sick Day," according to a story on the entertainment news site Deadline.com.
Deadline reports that the film is loosely based on "Ferris Bueller'sDay Off," with the main characters taking a sick day from work each year to live out their fantasies. The site says no other characters have yet been cast.
Knoxville -- a.k.a. P.J. Clapp of South Knoxville -- will be heard later this summer as the voice of Leonardo in the big screen-adaptation of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." "TMNT" also stars East Tennessee native Megan Fox, who was born and raised in Anderson and Roane counties.
Knoxville rose to fame with the MTV show and film series "Jackass" and most recently headlined the box-office hit "Bad Grandpa."
Garelick co-wrote and co-produced the 2006 comedy "The Break-Up" starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, and he's the writer/producer/director of the upcoming comedy "The Wedding Ringer," starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad and set for release in January of 2015.
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