Actor and comedian J.B. Smoove has joined Cameron Crowe’s upcoming film We Bought a Zoo. Adapted from the Benjamin Mee novel, the film tells the story of a widowed father who moves to England and buys a run-down zoo as a means of making a fresh start for he and his children. In addition to Smoove, We Bought a Zoo will also star Matt Damon as the father, Scarlett Johansson as Damon’s love interest, Thomas Haden Church as his brother, Angus MacFayden as the head zookeeper, and Patrick Fugit and Elle Fanning as zoo employees.
Although The Playlist is unable to confirm details of Smoove’s role in the film, they do well to point out his busy 2011 slate. In addition to Zoo, Smoove will also return to HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, is currently filming David Gordon Green’s The Sitter alongside Jonah Hill, and can be seen with Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis in the Farrelly Brothers’ soon-to-be-released Hall Pass (opens February 25th). We Bought a Zoo will begin shooting this spring and is scheduled to hit theaters almost a year from now on December 23rd.