Penn set to direct De Niro film

Sean Penn is apparently set to get behind the camera to direct Robert De Niro in 'The Comedian'.

Sean Penn is apparently set to get behind the camera to direct Robert De Niro in 'The Comedian'.

The 'King of Comedy' star plays an ageing stand-up in the film, written by producer Art Linson and comic Jeffrey Ross.

Penn – whose last directorial offering was the 2007 film 'Into The Wild' – will be on board when the film goes into production next year, the New York Post reports.

The 'Mystic River' actor currently stars alongside Brad Pitt in Terrence Mallick's new movie 'The Tree Of Life'.

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