Arteta helms Helms’ Rapids

Fresh from his success in “The Hangover”, rising actor Ed Helms has been tapped to star in “Cedar Rapids,” an Alexander Payne-produced comedy to be directed by Miguel Arteta.

Helms will play a sad-sack insurance agent who goes to an industry convention to try to save the jobs of his colleagues. Script was written by Phil Johnston, who developed it with Helms.

The shoot begins in October, when Helms is on hiatus from TVs “The Office”.

Several distributors are vying for the film, but the deal is expected to go to Fox Searchlight, which distributed the Payne-directed “Sideways.”

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