Two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn has signed on to direct his old pal, Robert De Niro, in the movie “The Comedian.”

Despite the light-hearted title of the film, it is actually a drama centering on a once loved television comic (played by De Niro) who is long past his prime. The movie is a drama centering on a once loved TV comic (De Niro) who is past his prime. After being sentenced to community service for hitting an audience member in the head with his microphone, the comic meets a defiant redhead (played by Kristen Wiig) who turns his life upside down.

Production on this movie is set to start in the spring.

Check out Kristen Wiig on SNL courtesy of YouTube: