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Simon Pegg has received two fantastic co-stars in his upcoming ilm Hector and the Search For Happiness. It has been announced that Rosamund Pike and Christopher Plummer have both taken roles in the drama-comedy, which is being directed by Peter Chelsom. Pike most recently played Andromeda in Wrath of the Titans and Plummer won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor earlier this year for his performance in Beginners.
Based on the novel by Francois Lelord, the film stars Pegg as the titular Hector, a character described in a recent press release as "an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis." He is unable to help any of his patience because he doesn't seem to understand happiness himself, so he ventures out into the world to find it.
Pike will play the role of Clara, Hector's long-term girlfriend (who I can imagine probably won't be too happy about her boyfriend's quest) and Plummer is attached as Professor Coreman, a leading guru for Happiness Studies at UCLA. Chelsom is best known for directing films like Serendipity and Shall We Dance.
This actually now makes two projects that Pike is set to play opposite Pegg. The British actress is also set to play a part in The World's End, the third film in the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy from director Edgar Wright (the other two being Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz). Plummer is currently in production on Stephen Frears' Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, a new film about the famous boxer's battle with the US government during the Vietnam War.