Joshua Jackson Moving On Up to 'Lay the Favorite'

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For awhile, we didn't think Joshua Jackson was coming back.

In the early 2000's, "Dawson's Creek" was ending, the "Mighty Ducks" franchise was all washed up and Wes Craven's botched werewolf movie "Cursed," came and went. Jackson was yet another young actor who would slowly fade into oblivion.

Or not.

When Jackson popped up on Fox's "Fringe," it was as if Amelia Earhart had just landed her plane. Where had he been!? The actor didn't waste time with reintroductions, kicking "Fringe" into high gear with his usual mixture of charm and sarcasm, reminding us why we were all big Pacey fans in the first place.

Now with his new adult gig solidified, Jackson is looking for new opportunities, and Variety believes he's found it.

Jackson will join Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the gambling comedy "Lay the Favorite," to be directed by "High Fidelity" and "The Queen" director Stephen Frears. If there was ever a move to make it back into the big leagues, this is it, with Frears' films almost always striking the perfect balance between light, comedic wit and character drama. Any role in a Frears film is one for an actor to sink his teeth into.

"Lay the Favorite" is the true life story of Beth Raymer (Hall), a former Vegas cocktail waitress turned professional gambler. Willis will play her mentor, Dink Heimowitz, with Timberlake as a Long Island bookie and Zeta-Jones as Dink's wife. Jackson's role is unknown, but it's not too hard to imagine the man with a pair of aviator sunglasses, working a casino table with a smug grin. A perfect fit for the blue collar comedy.

The film doesn't have a set start or release date, but with the cast in place, the project should start rolling in time for 2012. They better hurry -- we wouldn't want Jackson to start fading again.