Jennifer Aniston will star alongside Robert De Niro in The Comedian, the Art Linson-scripted drama directed by Taylor Hackford that has been a De Niro passion project for years. The film will shoot early next year in New York. Linson and John Linson will produce the film along with Cinelou’s Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon. Cinelou, which funded the Aniston starrer Cake, is financing the picture.

Image (1) deniro__131024124725.png for post 619229De Niro plays a toxic insult comic on the order of a Don Rickles (with whom De Niro starred in Casino). Aniston meets him at a wedding, and they develop a close relationship. It will be De Niro’s second time behind the stand-up microphone, after playing the iconic stalker/aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin in The King Of Comedy. The project has been one both De Niro and Linson have been trying to pull together for years, with stand-up material written by Friars Club and Comedy Central roasts staple Jeffrey Ross. Linson wrote the Hollywood-centric picWhat Just Happened?, which starred De Niro as a harried producer, and he produced the De Niro pics Heat, The Untouchables and This Boy’s Life.

Aniston has been shooting The Yellow Birds and Mother’s Day.

Thanks to Deadline Hollywood