Gary Susman
March 10, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Guess Bill Cosby didn’t hold against Kenan Thompson the younger comic’s lampooning of his Emmy appearance during Thompson’s debut as a ”Saturday Night Live” cast member last fall. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the long-awaited big screen version of ”Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” is finally ready to roll, with Thompson in the lead role.

The adaptation of the Saturday morning cartoon classic will have Cosby’s neighborhood kids moving back and forth between animation and live action. In addition to Thompson (who’s currently onscreen in ”Barbershop 2: Back in Business”), the cast includes ”You Got Served” star and former B2K frontman Omarion as Reggie, former ”Cosby Show” moppet Raven-Symone as Danielle, Jermaine Williams (”ER”) as Mush Mouth, Jeremy Suarez (”Brother Bear”) as kid brother Russell, and Aaron Frazier as Weird Harold.

The picture was supposed to go before the cameras two years ago, but it fell into limbo after producer-screenwriter Cosby fired director Forest Whitaker, citing creative differences. With a new cast in place, the film will start shooting in April under the direction of Joel Zwick (”My Big Fat Greek Wedding”). Now, there’s a director who knows how to make a ”Fat” film hit.

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