Actor Will Ferrell is in talks to portray sexploitation filmmaker Russ Meyer in Russ And Roger Go Beyond.

The movie will centre on the relationship between Meyer and late film critic Roger Ebert as they worked together on 1970 cult film Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, which Ebert co-wrote and Meyer directed.

Ebert's role has yet to be cast, but producers are hoping to begin filming next year (15).

The revered film critic lost his battle with cancer last year (13), while Meyer died from complications of pneumonia in 2004.