My favorite Mac guy Justin Long is getting his time to shine by headlining his latest project. Long was last seen in the romantic comedy ensemble He’s Just Not That in to You, where he had a supporting role alongside Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck. According to Variety the actor has just signed on to star in the film Going the Distance. The film is another romantic comedy that will be centered on Long’s character as he struggles to make a long distance relationship work.

Going the Distance will be directed by Nanette Burstein and produced by Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot via their Offspring Entertainment banner. The script was written by Geoff LaTulippe, and centers on the long distance relationship of a young couple who realize that they may be better off dating someone closer to home. In an interesting twist the film director Burstein is best known for being a documentary filmmaker. She was tapped by New Line to direct this project back in November.

Justin Long’s naturally funny in everything he does, but he has appeared in a few dark movies. Some people don’t know he starred in the 2001 horror film Jeepers Creepers. Yeah, that was him getting his eyes gutted. It was hard to watch, so I like seeing him in lighter fare. Next on his agenda are the films Youth Revolt and Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, where he’ll be returning to his dark roots.

Will you check out Long in his first big headlining role?