Will Ferrell to star as competitive gamer in new comedy film

The 'Anchorman' star has been signed up to play an ageing eSports player

Will Ferrell is set to take on the role of a professional gamer in an upcoming comedy.

The film will see Ferrell playing a past-his-prime member of an eSports team, in a sport where players usually retire in their 20s due to slowing hand-eye coordination, reports Variety.

The currently untitled feature will be in the vein of Ferrell’s NASCAR comedy Talladega Nights.

Esports has become a lucrative field in recent years with players, some as young as 15, earning six-figure sums through prize money, endorsements and streaming. Viewing figures for some tournaments have even eclipsed more established sports competitions, with last year’s League of Legends final attracting more viewers than the NBA Finals.

Ferrell is currently filming a comedy based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, with John C. Reilly playing the Watson to his Holmes.

The actor is also rumoured to have been courted by Kanye West himself for the leading role in the rapper’s biopic. Last month, it was reported that West has been in talks with Ferrell to turn his life into a movie.

West has been an outspoken fan of Ferrell’s work, previously describing him as one of his “personal gods”. Ferrell’s longtime collaborator and The Big Short director Adam McKay has also reportedly expressed an interest in working on the project.