Paul Giamatti is joining The Hangover 2

Paul Giamatti will be joining director Todd Phillips in Thailand for the follow-up to comedy supersmash The Hangover .

Details on the eagerly-anticipated comedy sequel are extremely sparse, but Deadline have announced that Giamatti has now signed on.

He will be teaming up with original stars Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha, while newbies Liam Neeson and Juliette Lewis are also on board. Ken Jeong's terrifying Mr Chow is also set to return.

Paul Giamatti will next be seen in Barney's Version , and he'll also be hamming it up to the max as King John in medieval actioner Ironclad . Giamatti has long been a TF favourite. So good in American Splendor , Sideways and HBO's John Adams , it'll be exciting to see what he brings to this sequel.

Expect plot details to trickle through extremely slowly though, as Warner Bros will likely be keeping this one tightly under wraps.

Source: Deadline

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Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.