It was only a matter of time. Justin Theroux started his behind-the-scenes career normally enough by directing 2007's Dedication, an indie that had a limited release before heading to DVD. But then he grabbed a pen and exploded into the mainstream, writing both Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2. So what comes next? A more high-profile directorial gig, although not quite as epic as his Thunder and Iron, with big shoes to fill.

Variety reports that Theroux will helm the upcoming comedy Chief Ron, and according to The New York TImes, Ron Howard used to be attached as director. It's also a weird little project. It seems that there's a blue-eyed, blonde-haired man who claims that he has native Mohegan heritage, and fought his way through court for the right to build a casino in upstate New York (which is currently being built). The trade also says he's a conman, although I'm not sure how that fits in since this is a real guy and story, one who considers himself and his tribe "the last of the Mohegans." To top things off, it's written by Jordan Roberts -- and there's no word on whether there's a relation.

Had this been a Theroux project from the start, it might be easy to imagine what this project will be like, but moving from Ron to Justin, I'm at a loss. Anyone have any ideas?
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