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Ed Helms

March 25, 2014

The massive, comically inept shoes of Detective Frank Drebin are set to be filled by comedian Ed Helms in the upcoming reboot of the classic slapstick comedy Naked Gun, according to Variety.

Paramount is developing the project, and they have placed their bets on Helms, who has handily proved his comedy chops in projects like The Hangover and The Office.

Previously played by the late Leslie Nielsen, the character of Detective Frank Drebin is a bumbling idiot who somehow becomes a detective (not unlike Inspector Clouseau of the Pink Panther films) and manages to stumble his way to a successfully solved case time and time again.

The film is being scripted by Thomas Lennon and R. Ben Garant, who wrote and starred in the inept cop comedy series Reno 911!.

The film has not yet found its director or its supporting cast, but with a seasoned comedy pro like Helms cast as the iconic Drebin, Paramount might have cleared the most difficult hurdle: finding someone who can live up to Leslie Nielsen.