It's about time. After pulling off one hell of a comeback, shedding Doogie Howser, and becoming the bad, lascivious thorn in Harold and Kumar's side, then kicking butt as all things evil in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Neil Patrick Harris is finally getting a starring feature gig, plus another supporting role. The Hollywood Reporter posts that NPH will star in a new indie comedy called The Best and the Brightest, and offer some support to CBS Films' Beastly.

First, the starring gig: Co-written and to be directed by Josh Shelov, the film focuses on a Delaware couple who move to the Upper East Side and get embroiled in the world of private kindergarten -- probably not the sort of gig any of us were expecting. Harris will happy-with-his-status dad while Bonnie Somerville plays mom, who is quite class-aware. On top of them, the cast boasts Amy Sedaris, John Hodgman, Peter Serafinowicz, Bridget Regan, Kate Mulgrew, and Christopher McDonald. Not too shabby at all.

Now the supporting gig: Have you heard about Beastly, that modern Beauty and the Beast revamp that will star Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen? Well, get ready for this: NPH will play a blind tutor who helps Alex Pettyfer after he gets "turned into a hideous young man." It's too random for me to even imagine how this will play out.

Are you happy with this latest bit of news, or were you hoping for something entirely different to come out of NPH's How I Met Your Mother break?