Don Cheadle arrives at the opening Gala and "Unmasking" for the Resnick Pavilion at LACMA on September 25, 2010 in Los Angeles.

*Don Cheadle has signed on to star in Showtime’s new pilot “House of Lies.”

The actor will take the lead in the half-hour dark comedy created by Matthew Carnahan (“Dirt”).

The series is based on the book “House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time.” The project will enter production in February.

“Don Cheadle is one of the great dramatic actors of our generation,” said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. “He also happens to be an extremely funny man. House of Lies is the perfect show to take advantage of both sides of him. Honestly, I would have been happy just to get his autograph.”