Director Jon Stewart’s ‘Irresistible’ With Steve Carell Lands at Focus Features

Chris Cooper joins Carell and Rose Byrne in political comedy

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“Irresistible,” a new political comedy which is being directed by Jon Stewart and stars Steve Carell, has landed at Focus Features, the studio announced Tuesday.

Focus will partner with Plan B Entertainment to produce and distribute “Irresistible,” a comedy set during a political campaign.

Chris Cooper also joins the previously announced cast of Carell and Rose Byrne. Stewart will also produce alongside Plan B Entertainment.

“In the age of fake news, Jon Stewart continues to be the real deal. He’s been making us laugh at the bipartisan commitment to bending the truth for years, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with him and Plan B as Jon brings his signature wit to the big screen with the incredibly versatile talents of Steve, Rose, and Chris,” Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. Focus’ Josh McLaughlin, president of production, will oversee the film.

This is the former “Daily Show” host’s follow-up to 2014’s “Rosewater,” a drama about the life of journalist Maziar Bahari that starred Gael Garcia Bernal.

Cooper will next be seen in Marielle Heller’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” based on the life of Mister Rogers. He also recently completed production on Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.” He’s represented by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.

Focus is behind the Oscar-winning “BlacKkKlansman” from Spike Lee, and they recently released “Greta” and “The Mustang.” Other films on the studio’s slate include “The Dead Don’t Die” from Jim Jarmusch, “Harriet,” about the life of Harriet Tubman, and the upcoming “Downton Abbey” movie.