Kevin James first made a name for himself in US sitcom “King of Queens”, in which he appeared for nine years, before finally coming to Hollywood’s attention alongside Will Smith in “Hitch”.

In Hitch, James played the nerdy, lovelorn, clumsy counterpoint to Will Smith’s smooth operator to perfection and as a result, he’s been keeping himself pretty busy ever since.

After playing a nerdy, lovelorn, clumsy security guard in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, James has appeared alongside Adam Sandler in “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” and ensemble comedy Grown Ups is currently playing at cinemas.

Off the back of this relative success Deadline report that James has now bagged himself another lead role, this time in an as-yet untitled mixed martial arts comedy. Deadline lay out the synopsis:-

James is attached to play a physics teacher whose school faces drastic cutbacks. In an attempt to save his best friend’s job and the music program his students love, he moonlights in the octagon as a mixed martial arts fighter, ultimately leading to brawling in the UFC.

To be blunt, I think James is hilarious and just like Paul Blart: Mall Cop, this seems like a tailor-made role for him. What’s not to like about the idea of Kevin James going toe-to-toe in the ring with all manner of butch, muscle-bound fighters? This one should be a blast.

What do you think of Kevin James? Endearing and funny, or just another run of the mill US comedy actor? Does this film tickle your funny bone? We’ll bring you more news as we get it, in the meantime, let us have your thoughts below.

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