We called it! In a perfect bit of casting news, Zach Galifianakis is now attached to star as Ignatius Reilly in director James Bobin's (The Muppets) adaptation of the John Kennedy Toole novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, according to Vulture. The movie will be written by Cedar Rapids screenwriter Phil Johnston, and will be produced by Scott Rudin for Paramount Pictures.
The original book earned Toole a posthumous Pulitzer Prize, and it's considered one of the greatest satirical novels of all time. Galifianakis is seemingly the living embodiment of Reilly and he should be able to deliver the best performance of his career, given the stellar material.
But remember, this is a project that has been trying to get off the ground for decades. Harold Ramis attempted to do it 20 years ago and failed, and since then, it has been one bit of bad luck after another. With such strong talent lined up for it this time around, it would be absolutely devastating if it didn't materialize.