The singing actor will play a rising anchorman named Cameron in the comedy, which is titled "The Onion Presents: The News."
Will Graham and Dan Mirk's comedy, according to the industry paper, is "set behind the scenes of The Onion News Network that shows just how far journalists will go to stay at the top of their game."
Jackson, who has been seen on television in the Emmy-winning "30 Rock" and the Fox musical comedy "Glee," has appeared on Broadway in Finian's Rainbow, Xanadu and All Shook Up, among others. He has appeared Off-Broadway in Altar Boyz and The Agony and The Agony, and at City Center in Finian's Rainbow and Damn Yankees.
Jackson will also be seen in the upcoming HBO film "Behind the Candelabra."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.