Variety is reporting that comedic kingpin Will Farrell will star as a professional eSports player in an upcoming comedy by Legendary Entertainment.

Ferrell will star as a member of a professional eSports team. In the film he is an anomaly in a sport where players usually retire in their 20s due to slowing hand-eye coordination. Evil Geniuses and Fnatic, two of the premiere real-life eSports teams in the world, are in discussions to have a presence in the film.

The film will be in the vein of Ferrell’s NASCAR comedy “Talladega Nights.” Universal will distribute.

As for the Talladega Nights reference, some I know are miffed that Farrell and Legendary are taking a shot at their beloved pastime. I choose to view it as proof that eSports is becoming mainstream, for real this time. In any case, don't worry eSports fans: Ricky Bobby didn't hurt NASCAR's popularity none. 

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Last Updated: Dec 07, 2016

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