Don't look now, but Spanish is having a moment. 'Dora the Explorer' has become one of the country's most popular children's shows, the Spanish national soccer team won the World Cup and Telemundo now routinely draws more viewers than NBC. Spanish, it seems, is en fuego. And now it's poised to claim one of its biggest victories yet: Will Ferrell.

Yes, the man who brought us 'Stranger Than Fiction' now brings us a story that actually is stranger than fiction, as Ferrell has reportedly signed on to star in a new Spanish-language comedy titled 'Casa de mi padre,' which translates in English to 'House of My Father.' According to The Wrap, the film, which is currently casting other roles, will be filmed entirely in Spanish but will contain English subtitles. Don't look now, but Spanish is having a moment. 'Dora the Explorer' has become one of the country's most popular children's shows, the Spanish national soccer team won the World Cup and Telemundo now routinely draws more viewers than NBC. Spanish, it seems, is en fuego. And now it's poised to claim one of its biggest victories yet: Will Ferrell.

Yes, the man who brought us 'Stranger Than Fiction' now brings us a story that actually is stranger than fiction, as Ferrell has reportedly signed on to star in a new Spanish-language comedy titled 'Casa de mi padre,' which translates in English to 'House of My Father.' According to The Wrap, the film, which is currently casting other roles, will be filmed entirely in Spanish but will contain English subtitles.

Ferrell, of course, is having a bit of a moment himself thanks to the imminent release of his highly anticipated collaboration with Mark Wahlberg, 'The Other Guys,' which opens in theaters on Friday and which is expected to lift Ferrell from the career doldrums he has been stuck in thanks to bombs like 'Land of the Lost' and 'Semi-Pro.'

Still, Ferrell has remained on the cutting edge of comedy thanks in large part to his popular and influential humor website FunnyOrDie.com. And if a Spanish language film seems perfectly in keeping with some of that site's more experimental skits, there's a good reason: the film will reportedly be directed by one of Ferrell's Funny or Die partners in crime.

Just which Funny or Die comedian will be behind the camera is still up in the air, though we know it won't be frequent Ferrell wingman Adam McKay. Personally we're hoping that McKay's daughter Pearl will direct. After all, she's worked with Ferrell before and she's the perfect age to be familiar with everything 'Dora the Explorer' has to teach.

But whoever joins Ferrell in the production, one thing's clear: in a country with the world's fastest growing Spanish speaking population, Hollywood is finally starting to realize that dinero talks in any language.
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