Ed Helms will investigate crimes in his next movie project. "The Hangover" actor is recruited to portray detective Frank Drebin in Paramount's remake of classic crime comedy franchise "The Naked Gun". The role was previously played by the late Leslie Nielsen in the first three films.
Based on short-lived ABC series "Police Squad!", the franchise began with 1988's "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" about the attempted assassination of Queen Elizabeth II. The last film called "The Final Insult" released in 1994 revolves around the attempted bombing of Academy Awards.
No director is announced for the upcoming fourth sequel, and there is no word either on the plotline. Thomas Lennon ("Reno 911!: Miami") and R. Ben Garant ("Night at the Museum") are assigned to write the screenplay for the reboot project.
Helms was last seen on the big screen in "We're the Millers" alongside Jennifer Aniston. "The Office" star will next appear in Will Ferrell's "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" and Amy Poehler & Paul Rudd starrer "They Came Together".