The man who has electrocuted his nipples, given himself paper cuts and wrestled with alligators will, for his next trick, invade classic literature. Johnny Knoxville has come aboard Jackie Chan’s “Around the World in 80 Days,” the latest film adaptation of the 19th century Jules Verne novel.
In “Around the World,” martial arts legend Chan will star as Passepartout, who sets off for his Chinese village to return a stolen sacred object. He’s joined by inventor Phileas Fogg, who has staked a daring wager that he can travel the globe in 80 days. Knoxville will play an eccentric hobo they encounter on the journey.
Steve Coogan (“24 Hour Party People”) will play Fogg. Jim Broadbent (“Gangs of New York”) and French actress Cécile de France also star, while Frank Coraci, who helmed Adam Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer” and “The Waterboy,” will direct.
“Around the World in 80 Days” begins principal photography this month in Thailand and Berlin, but before it hits theaters, Knoxville will turn up as late country-rock singer Gram Parsons’ manager in the indie flick “Grand Theft Parsons” (see “Johnny Knoxville At Home With Guerilla-Filmmaking Style Of His Latest Flick” ). In April, the “Jackass” star will begin work on “Hating Her” opposite Selma Blair (“A Guy Thing”) and Bridget Moynahan (“The Recruit”) (see “Johnny Knoxville Signs On For Comedy Flick ‘Hating Her’ “ ).