Randy Quaid is set for a film role his brother DENNIS was originally billed to play.

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE star Dennis was the first choice to play real-life racing driver RICHARD PETTY in a biopic about the NASCAR star, but a year after negotiations with him broke down, his brother Randy is set to step into the driver's seat.

Screenwriter CHRISTOPHER CLEVELAND recently announced the casting during an interview on movie news website IESB.com.

Dennis Quaid was originally set to produce the film, which chronicles the Petty family dynasty - a clan that has enjoyed four generations of auto racing success. It's not know whether the actor will still be behind the project.

Petty is a seven-time NASCAR national champion, who holds the record for the most victories in the history of the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit. He raced for 32 years before retiring in 1992.