updated 07/18/2011 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/18/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
Charlie Sheen has reason to be happy – even if his latest role is not.
The former Two and a Half Men star is set to make his way back to the small screen in a television adaptation of the 2003 movie Anger Management.
Sheen, 45, who was famously fired from the sitcom during a battle with the show’s creator Chuck Lorre over his behavior on and off the set, will play an ex-athlete balancing his own temper problems and those of the criminal defendants he counsels – the character Jack Nicholson originated in the Joe Roth-produced film.
“Charlie is excited about going back to work and looks forward to playing a different character other than [Two and a Half Men’s] Charlie Harper,” Sheen’s manager, Mark Burg, whose production company Evolution Management is one of the show’s creators, tells PEOPLE. “I can guarantee you that Charlie will not be wearing a bowling shirt on the new show.”
“I chose Anger Management because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept,” Sheen says in a statement released by Lionsgate TV. “It also provides me with real ownership in the series, a certain amount of creative control and the chance to be back in business with one of my favorite movie producers of all time, Joe Roth.”
Roth has previously worked with Sheen on the films Major League and Young Guns.
Reporting by ELIZABETH LEONARD and MONICA RIZZO