Look out, Tony Stark and Sherlock Holmes, your master will soon be an expectant father. Robert Downey Jr. is set to star in Due Date, according to Variety, a comedy that will be directed by Todd Phillips. Downey will be teamed with Zach Galifianikis, who gave a sharp performance in The Hangover for Phillips.
Last year, Jessica Barnes reported that Due Date "centers on a first-time father and burgeoning workaholic whose wife goes into labor while he is stuck hundreds of miles away in a snowstorm. The only way he can make it to the birth in time is by hitching a ride with a college student." Obviously, Galifianikis' character is now described as a "mismatched partner" for expectant father Downey.
In an interview with Cinematical, Phillips said that neither Old School 2 nor The Hangover 2 were ready to move forward, so perhaps he already had his eye on this project. Both Downey and Phillips have a lot to live up to: Downey was nominated for an Academy Award in his last comic role (Tropic Thunder) and Phillips is coming off a film that recently became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. But put Downey and Galifianikis together on a cross-country road trip with the clock ticking, under Phillips' direction, and it sounds like a good bet that the movie will be funny as hell. Filming begins in September, ranging from Atlanta to Arizona to Los Angeles.