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Joel McHale joins movie with Anna Faris: Thursday night comedy's next movie star?

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Image Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosIt’s safe to say that Steve Carell paved the way for NBC comedy stars hoping to jump into movies with The 40 Year Old Virgin. Then, at some point, we found ourselves buying movie tickets to see Tina Fey, John Krasinski, and Ed Helms, too. And now, the Hollywood Reporter reports that Joel McHale has landed his first post-Community movie role in a comedy with Anna Faris. This movie, currently titled What’s Your Number?, sounds right up McHale’s alley: He will play Faris’ “mildly charming” boss, who inadvertently sets off her quest through her sexual past for the perfect man.

Between this and his recent deal to join The Big Year alongside Owen Wilson and Steve Martin, it seems Mr. Soup is ready to take a crack at movie stardom. I haven’t seen him in The Informant!, but I like his work on Community, and it’s not hard to imagine McHale one day starring in a summer blockbuster or losing a tooth in a Golden Globe-winning comedy. What do you think, PopWatchers? Is this the beginning of a steady movie career? What other Thursday nighter would you like to see given a shot on the big screen?