The Soup host, Community star, and Independent Spirit Awards Host Joel McHale is in final negotiations to star along side Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted. According to Deadline, McHale will play Rex, the sleazy boss who is perpetually putting the moves on his employee (Kunis). She wants to marry her boyfriend (Wahlberg), but won’t until he redefines his relationship with his teddy bear, the one that came alive during a childhood wish and has become a slovenly womanizing slacker. Joining McHale will be Giovanni Ribisi, Variety reports. Ribisi will play Donny, a man who’s obsessed with Ted for some reason.
McHale, who has already proven himself capable of holding his own in feature films like The Informant, will also star in The Big Year opposite Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson; What’s Your Number? with Anna Faris; and Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids reboot opposite Jessica Alba. MacFarlane knows his way around talking animals for animated comedy series as well as voiceovers for films and hopefully he will be able to direct and voice a comedy that does not need the support of pop culture references or current events.