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Will Ferrell is a master of obscure sports characters. He's been a NASCAR driver in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, a figure skater in Blades of Glory and a basketball player/artist in Semi-Pro. Next, Ferrell will star in an upcoming e-sports film.

According to Legendary Pictures, Ferrell will play a star of an e-sports team, which is "an anomaly in a sport where players usually retire in their 20s due to slowing hand-eye coordination." The comedy is expected to be released in 2019. The e-sports industry is expected to be valued at $1 billion then, and a movie appearance by Ferrell could improve that.

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