Ed Helms to star in Naked Gun reboot

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'The Hangover' actor Ed Helms will star in Paramount's 'Naked Gun' reboot, playing the bumbling cop made famous by the late Leslie Nielsen.

Ed Helms will star in a reboot of 'The Naked Gun' franchise.

'The Hangover' trilogy star will take the lead role in Paramount Pictures' new take on the comedy franchise, playing bumbling police officer Frank Drebin, who was made famous by Leslie Nielsen.

The studio has hired 'Night at the Museum' writers Thomas Lennon and R. Ben Garant to pen the script for the movie, according to Variety.

Helms recently wrapped up his commitments to the 'Hangover' films, in which he played a lead role alongside Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper. He also had a role in another summer comedy, 'We're the Millers'.

The actor most recently filmed 'Stretch' with Patrick Wilson and Chris Pine and romantic comedy parody, 'They Came Together', which will co-star Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler.

'The Naked Gun' series previously spawned three successful movies between 1988 and 1994 and has grossed over $200 million.

Nielsen first played Drebin in 1998's 'The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!', followed by 1991's 'The Naked Gun 21/2: The Smell of Fear' and finally 1994's 'Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult'.

Nielsen sadly passed away in 2010 at the age of 84.

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