Robert Downey Jr to reunite with ‘Iron Man’ director on new indie comedy film

Jon Favreau will direct and star in 'Chef', a comedy set in the culinary world of Los Angeles

Robert Downey Jr is to reunite with Iron Man director Jon Favreau on a new indie comedy film called Chef.

Downey Jr joins an ensemble cast that already includes Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), John Leguizamo (Super Mario Bros) and Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire, Variety reports.

In addition to directing from his own script, Jon Favreau will star as a chef who gets the sack and goes back to basics by starting his own food truck. In the process, he aims to win back his estranged family as well as regaining his culinary inspiration.

“Setting a film in the culinary world of Los Angeles offers wonderful opportunities for a character-driven comedy,” Favreau told Variety. Filming is set to begin on July 8 in LA.

Favreau directed Downey Jr in the first two Iron Man films and also appeared in front of the camera as Tony Stark’s confidant Happy Hogan. However, he declined to return to the director’s chair for this year’s Iron Man 3, which was instead helmed by Shane Black, though he did reprise his role as Hogan and serve as an executive producer.