Rob Corddry to headline first movie

Cast member Rob Corddry attends the premiere of "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" in Los Angeles April 17, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Rob Corddry, currently in theaters with “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay” and “What Happens in Vegas,” has landed his first starring role.

The former “Daily Show” correspondent will star in “Project A,” an action comedy from Ben Stiller’s production company.

Corddry will star as “A,” a man trained by the U.S. government as a Cold War experiment to become the world’s biggest jerk. No director is attached to “Project A,” which is set up at Warner Bros.’ New Line division.

The project has been in development at Stiller’s Red Hour shingle for several years, and Corddry has long wanted in on it.

“I’m slowly working my way up the ladder, starting from high school drama class,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “I am hoping this will break my cherry, as it were.”

Corddry is preparing to portray former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer in Oliver Stone’s “W,” which he will shoot in June.

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