Will Ferrell (‘Get Hard,’ ‘Anchorman 2’) has signed on to take the lead in the comedy ‘Tom’s Dad,’ with Lasse Hallström directing.

Per Deadline, the story is set “in 1960s Nevada, where Arthur (Ferrell) is a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act that involves circus animals. When his ex-wife departs on a three-week trip, he’s forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship.”

Joni Levin and Keith Clarke of Point Blank Productions (‘Ben Hur’), Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil, and Arsenal’s John Ptak (‘The Way Back’) are producing.

Martin Casella (‘One Night Stand’) penned the script, with revisions by Keith Clarke.