By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated May 16, 2015 at 06:41 PM EDT
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Will Ferrell will star in the latest film from Lasse Hallström, director of such Oscar-nominated spoonfuls of syrup as My Life as a Dog, The Cider House Rules, and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, as well as, most recently, The Hundred Foot Journey. According to today’s announcement from Cannes, the actor will exercise his dramatic chops as a nightclub performer in 1960s Nevada who must rekindle a relationship with his estranged son when his ex-wife leaves town for three weeks. Ferrell has previously delved into the not-strictly-comedic in movies like Everything Must Go and Winter Passing.

Tom’s Dad will be produced by Joni Levin and Keith Clarke of Point Blank Productions, John Ptak of Arsenal, and Christi Dembrowki and Johnny Depp under their Infinitum Nihil production house.