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Sudeikis to take on Fletch role

Jason Sudeikis is set to bag the role of investigative reporter Fletch in Warner Bros new reboot Fletch Won.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the We're The Millers funnyman will take on the role made famous by Chevy Chase in 1985 comedy Fletch, and the follow up Fletch Lives.

Jason is now in talks up to star a planned comedy franchise.

The Fletch movies are based on the Gregory McDonald mystery novels featuring an investigative reporter named I. M. Fletcher. The first book was written in 1974, before spawning 11 more.

Fletch Won is an origin story, described as a 'gritty action comedy with heart' and said to be in a more similar vein to McDonald's novels than the Chase movies.

Chevy made an indelible impact when he portrayed the character in the 1985 classic feature, which was followed by a sequel.

Warners picked up the rights in February 2011 and have spent some time developing it as a remake, with several writers taking on the task.

After several failed attempts David List - who represents the McDonald estate and is producing the project with Anonymous Content - stepped in to draft a scrip himself. He has previously worked as an editor on South Park and Team America: World Police.

List's script has attracted Jason to the project, and with the Horrible Bosses star in talks the project is gathering momentum and is now seeking a director.

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