Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges is in talks to star opposite Ryan Reynolds in R.I.P.D., the Universal Pictures adaptation of the Dark Horse comic miniseries, Deadline reports.
He would replace Zach Galifianakis, who withdrew from the Robert Schwentke-directed supernatural comedy earlier this month over scheduling uncertainties created by the option held by Warner Bros. for Reynolds to film a Green Lantern sequel.
Created by Peter M. Lenkov and Lucas Marangon, R.I.P.D. centers on the Rest In Peace Department, a divine law-enforcement division comprised of ghosts who grapple with spirits who aren’t ready to depart this world. Reynolds stars as Nick Cruz, a recently murdered police officer who trades 100 years of service to the R.I.P.D. in exchange for a shot at finding his killer. Bridges would play Reynolds’ partner, a wise-cracking ghost who’s been hunting spirits since the 19th century.
Bridges, who’s been nominated six times for an Academy Award, won his first Oscar for his role in the 2009 musical drama Crazy Heart. He signed on in February to star in The Seventh Son, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ adaptation of the bestselling young-adult fantasy series The Last Apprentice.