Mandi Bierly
April 01, 2008 AT 11:53 PM EDT

Apparently, The Soup host Joel McHale wasn’t joking last month when he told us he was gonna be getting himself a movie career. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McHale’s in final talks to join Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh “darkly comic thriller” The Informant.

The word is McHale and Scott Bakula (!) will play FBI agents “working with agri-business insider Mark Whitacre (Damon) to stop a price-fixing scam.” A source told the trade that Soderbergh was casting funny folk in the serious supporting roles because he wants the humor to seep though the script, based on Kurt Eichenwald’s 2000 best-seller The Informant: A True Story, naturally. Also, because the terms “agri-business” and “price-fixing scam” already kinda bored me.

In case you couldn’t tell by my Shania Twain-level use of exclamation points, I think I’m looking forward to the Bakula/McHale pairing a little more than I’m supposed to be. You?

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