Robert Downey Jr Joins Jon Favreaus Chef

Robert Downey Jr. Joins Jon Favreau's Chef

Variety Reports that In a pre-Cannes move, Robert Downey Jr. is set to team with his Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director (and Iron Man 3 co-star) Jon Favreau on the indie ensemble comedy “Chef,” Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale are also set to headline, with production starting July 8 in Los Angeles.

Favreau, Karen Gilchrist and Aldamisa co-chairman Sergei Bespalov are producing. Aldamisa is financing along with  finance partner Kilburn Media and Mark Manuel.

Favreau is directing from his own script and starring as a man who loses his chef job and starts up a food truck to reclaim his artistic promise and reclaiming his estranged family.  Sofia Vergara,  John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale are also starring.

“Setting a film in the culinary world of Los Angeles offers wonderful opportunities for a character driven comedy”said Favreau.

Favreau has acted in a handful of supporting roles recently but hasn’t helmed a movie since 2011′s “Cowboys & Aliens.”