EW Staff
April 01, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

(FROM HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) ? Joel McHale, host of E!’s The Soup, and Scott Bakula have joined Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh’s darkly comic thriller The Informant. The story, based on New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald’s 2000 best-selling book The Informant: A True Story, is about a corporate giant brought to justice by one of its employees. Damon plays Mark Whitacre, who worked for agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland, and who leaked details of a price-fixing scam that ultimately resulted in a $100 million fine for the company. Bakula and McHale (who is in final negotiations) will play FBI agents working with Whitacre to stop the scam. Although the subject matter is serious, Soderbergh is expected to give it a darkly comedic spin. As such, in addition to McHale, the director has tapped several other actors with comedic roles on their resume, including Mike O’Malley (CBS’ Yes, Dear), Andrew Daly (Semi-Pro), Adam Paul (Starz’s Hollywood Residential), and Melanie Lynskey (CBS’ Two and a Half Men). McHale has earned a cult following on the E! series that launched Greg Kinnear’s career. (Hollywood Reporter)

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