It has just been announced by Variety that Steve Zahn, the funny man who we’re used to seeing as a side-kick or vying Jennifer Aniston’s love in the movie Management, will next star in Thor Freudenthal’s film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The movie which is about a wise-cracking junior high school student and also stars Rachel Harris, Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron and Devon Bostick. For once, Zahn is no longer the wise-cracking student but will be stepping out of the shadows as the boys father in this film.

The movie is Fox 2000′s adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s novels which have sold more than 20 million copies. Kinney will have a strong-hand in how his book is translated onto the screen as he is also serving as executive producer for the movie.

Hopefully, with Kinney’s help Freudenthal will do justice to the already successful novel.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is set to be released April 2nd, 2010. In the meantime, you can catch Zahn in A Perfect Getaway, which opens this weekend.

Have you read The Diary of a Wimpy Kid novels? Are you planning on going to see the movie when it is released?