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Marsden, Black board The D-Train

James Marsden could be starring opposite funnyman Jack Black in The D-Train: Photo © Marsden, Black board The D-Train Photo

James Marsden and Jack Black could be joining forces for comedy The D-Train.

Anchorman 2 star James has signed on to play the most popular guy at school, while the funnyman is to portray the chairman of a high school reunion committee, who still wants acceptance from his former fellow students.

The low-budget indie movie, which will be co-produced by Jack's Electric Dynamite company, will see his character flying to Los Angeles in a bid to get James' alter-ego, now a failed actor working in TV commercials, to attend their 20-year reunion, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Nat Faxon is in talks to join the cast, with producer Mike White also appearing as Jack's only friend in school.

Shooting is expected to start in New Orleans in coming weeks.

The D-Train marks the directorial debut of Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, the writers behind Jim Carrey's Yes Man and co-creators with Jonah Hill of the short-lived cartoon Allen Gregory.

James, who played rival newsreader Jack Lime in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, next stars in comedy Walk Of Shame alongside Elizabeth Banks, and thriller The Loft, which also stars Karl Urban.

Jack, who has enjoyed success in comedies such as School Of Rock, Nacho Libre and Kung Fu Panda, will star in Jake Kasdan's comedy Basic Math. The 44-year-old will also reprise his voice role as Po in Kung Fu Panda 3.

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