Sean Penn has signed up to direct Hollywood heavyweight Robert De Niro in new movie The Comedian, according to a U.S. report.
The Raging Bull star will play an ageing, bitter stand-up comic in the new film and he was rumoured to be re-teaming with his long time collaborator Martin Scorsese for the project.
However, the directing job has now gone to Penn, according to the New York Post's Page Six column, and production will start in the Big Apple next year (12).
Penn's last directorial offering was critically acclaimed 2007 movie Into the Wild.