Joel McHale doing Robert Rodriguez movie!

Joel McHale, host of E!s “The Soup” and star of NBC’s “Community”, has joined the cast of Robert Rodriguez’s “Spy Kids 4″.

McHale will play Jessica Alba’s “spy-hunting reporter” husband in the family-flick reboot.

The new film, which will feature the original “Spy Kids” Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara in cameo appearances, fixes on a couple of new Spy Kid trainees, Rebecca and Cecil.

If the character breakdowns that Moviehole snagged in May are anything to go by, McHale will be playing the part of Wilbur Wilson, who “is Rebecca and Cecil’s father. He hosts a show called “Wilbur Wilson : Spy Hunter” in which he attempts to track down shadowy crime figures. Wilbur’s currently trying to get an interview with the legendary ‘Time Keeper’. Just as the original Spy Kids thought their dad was a boring sack of sap who had a fairly breezy job, Rebecca and Cecil will get a bit of a surprise later on in the movie.” (More details on the “Spy Kids 4″ characters here)