If you follow esteemed (and occasionally steam-driven) thespian type Simon Pegg on Twitter, you’ll already know that Toni Collette is aboard rom-com Hector And The Search For Happiness. But Deadline’s story at least breaks the news that Jean Reno, Stellan Skarsgård, Desiree Zurowski and Jakob Davies have all joined the cast.
The film, which already boasts Pegg, Rosamund Pike and Christopher Plummer, is shooting now in Canada under the direction of Peter Chelsom. Pegg plays the titular Hector, an eccentric London psychiatrist who hits a crisis when he can’t help any of his patients to get any happier and decides to go off on a search for the secret of happiness.
Pike will be Hector’s girlfriend, while Plummer is aboard to play a UCLA professor who specialises in Happiness Studies. Not much is known about the other roles, though Davies is apparently playing Hector as a lad.
Chelsom wrote the script with Maria von Heland, François Lelord and Tinker Lindsay. There’s no word on a release date just yet.