Seth Rogen is Green Hornet

We don’t think he’s joking…

He’s already become a hero to slackers and stoners everywhere thanks to his landing Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up, but now Seth Rogen is looking to don the mask of a true crime fighter.

Sony, which recently acquired the rights to make The Green Hornet, is hiring Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg (who penned the upcoming Superbad together) to scribble the script for the superhero pic, with Rogen planned as the star.

If it all works out, he’ll play Britt Reid, layabout playboy who ends up with his father’s crusading newspaper, the Daily Sentinel that spurs him to become a mask-toting hero who cruises the night with martial arts sidekick Kato battling the city’s evildoers.

The studio is hoping that the Hornet will finally actually see the screen – it’s been more of an albatross for studios as Universal and Miramax have both struggled to get the project going as names such as Kevin Smith, Mark Wahlberg and Jake Gyllenhaal have all been attached in a variety of capacities.

With Rogen on board, chances are it’ll take a turn towards the funny, but Sony will only say so far that it’s “in the tradition of the Green Hornet.” Which, if we go by the TV show, means it’ll run for just one film – as the show was cancelled after a year… But let’s hope the Knocked Up star can create something great.