Even though Lucky Louie was permanently shelved by HBO, comedian Louis C.K. has managed to use his starring role in the underrated series to help land him a nice, cushy big-screen gig. Variety reports he'll star alongside Martin Lawrence in The Better Man, a new comedy from writer-director Malcolm D. Lee. Scott Stuber and Mary Parent are producing; C.K. also co-wrote (along with Chris Rock) I Think I Love My Wife, which hits theaters this weekend (read my review here).
Lawrence will play a popular syndicated talk show host who begins pondering the meaning of life and moves back home to the South after attending his parents 50th anniversary party. Louis C.K. will act as Lawrence's fast-talking producer -- the kind of guy who, I imagine, is desperate to knock some sense into his star and get the guy back on the air. Looking over Lee's credits, one might find it odd that the man directed a 1996 flick called The Best Man, and has now set up a film called The Better Man -- even though the two have nothing to do with one another. Should we expect Lee's next film to be called I Swear, He's Better Than the Best Man? Yeah, that wouldn't confuse too many people.