Sean Penn Directing De Niro In “Comedian”

Sean Penn is set to direct “The Comedian” for FilmNation reports Variety.

Robert De Niro will play Jackie Burke, a raging comic past his prime who clings to any recognition that comes from his days as a beloved TV character as he tries to reignite his stagnant career.

Sentenced to community service for hitting a heckler in the head with a microphone, the comic meets Harmony, a dazzling and defiant redhead who turns his life sideways. Kristen Wiig also stars.

Art Linson and Jeffrey Ross penned the script and shooting is expected to begin next spring. Martin Scorsese was originally linked to helm but dropped out, while Penn was first rumoured back in June.