Update: Both CBS and Warner Bros. have officially confirmed that Kutcher is the new Sheen. (TV Blog)


The new addition to the “Two and a Half Men” cast? (Evan Agostini/AP)

The Hollywood Reporter has published a story that says Kutcher — most recently seen starring opposite Oscar-winner Natalie Portman in “No Strings Attached” — is in the process of finalizing a deal to join the cast of the CBS sitcom.

His salary? Reportedly large. The role he will play? Unclear, but a source tells THR that “People are going to love it.” (Well, people who aren’t Charlie Sheen.)

The temptation to make a punk’d joke here is strong, but I will refrain since it’s already been done by other outlets. But clearly the Kutcher news is surprising, especially since Mr. Demi Moore had pretty much left TV in favor of a film career following “That ‘70s Show.”

Is this a smart career move for him? Also, will there inevitably be a Twitter feud of epic proportions between the Tweet-happy Kutcher and Sheen?

Looks like Kutcher is already getting a head start with a teaser about his next gig: