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Richard Ayoade joins Ben Stiller in Neighborhood Watch

Submarine director (and Total Film columnist) Richard Ayoade has landed a high-profile role alongside Ben Stiller in Neighborhood Watch .

The Shaun Levy-produced movie revolves around a bunch of guys who get together to form the titular community group, but instead of sitting around drinking tea and moaning about the brightness of streetlights, they actually uncover a major conspiracy.

As far as recent high-concepts go, this one sounds like it has potential, throwing ordinary schlubs into a fun sounding situation, and hopefully mocking neighbourhood watch schemes along the way. Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill have already been cast.

Akiva Schaffer ( Saturday Night Live , Hot Rod ) is directing, with a script from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

Before shooting to fame as a TF columnist (and, y’know, a Brit director to keep a very close eye on), Ayoade was best known as an actor in the likes of British TV gems such as Nathan Barley , Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and The IT Crowd .

His next movie as director will be an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s The Double , starring Jesse Eisenberg.

Neighborhood Watch is expected to open in summer 2012.