Abby West
January 14, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EST

My prayers have been answered: Brendan Fraser has signed on for another major drama — this time opposite Harrison Ford in one of CBS Films’ first releases. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fraser will play the desperate father of two sick kids who turns to Ford’s “irascible doctor” character to help save them. Filming on the as-yet untitled project starts in April. I know he’s got Inkheart, based on the Cornelia Funke books, coming out on Jan. 23, but I’ve got to say that I’m mostly looking forward to this new pic. He’s made his name (and serious bank) doing blockbuster action films like the Mummy series and silly roles like George of the Jungle earn him cred with the kiddie set, but it’s in quieter little films, like Gods and Monsters and The Quiet American, that he gets to show off his real chops and be more than a square-jawed hunk. He’s more than capable of holding his own with Harrison Ford — for God’s sake, he shared the screen with Ian McKellan! But if nothing else, his pairing with Ford could lead to some good on-set discussions and Fraser can glean his secret to longevity.

What do you think? Will this upcoming papa-in-despair flick be worth turning up at the theater for or will you catch it on TV…maybe on CBS?

More Brendan Fraser:
Brendan Fraser still does it for me. How about you?
A look at how Brendan Fraser became a billion-dollar man
EW’s review of Journey to the Center of the Earth (by Owen Gleiberman)
EW’s review of ‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’

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