'Office' Guy Tackles Football Flick

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John Krasinski, one of the stars of NBC's "The Office," is in talks to take a lead role in George Clooney's 1920s football comedy "Leatherheads."

The pic, from Universal, focuses on the earliest days of professional football and an owner (Clooney) who woos a college star (Krasinski) to his team. There are complications, though, when the player becomes a sensation and the owner falls for the player's fiance (Renee Zellweger).

Clooney is directing the long-gestating film from a script he wrote with Steven Schiff.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the only complication to Krasinski's commitment is the production schedule. "Leatherheads" is slated to shoot this spring and may run up against the end of production on Krasinski's Emmy-winning comedy. Since NBC and Universal are corporate siblings, it seems likely that some accommodations can be found.

Krasinski is having a busy fall, with brief appearances in "For Your Consideration," "Dreamgirls" and "The Holiday." He has a bigger role in the upcoming romantic comedy "License to Wed," scheduled for release next July.

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