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Pike, Plummer Join Cast of 'Hector and The Search for Happiness'

6/12/2014 Liza Foreman

By Liza Foreman

Rosamund Pike and Christopher Plummer have joined the cast of director Peter Chelsom's upcoming dramedy "Hector And The Search For Happiness" which stars Simon Pegg, it was announced Thursday in Toronto by the film's producer Judy Tossell and Christine Haebler.

The Solution Entertainment Group is handling international rights to the film and will be selling it to buyers in Toronto. United Talent Agency is representing U.S. rights. Adapted for the screen from the bestselling novel of the same name by François Lelord, the film is a German/Canadian co-production produced by Egoli Tossell Film and Screen Siren Pictures. It is currently in pre-production and set to begin shooting in January, 2013.

Wild Bunch Germany are co-producing and distributing in German-speaking Europe. Entertainment One have acquired all rights for Canada.

Simon Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in a crisis. He's going nowhere and his patients are just not getting any happier. Then one day, Hector breaks out of his sheltered vacuum of a life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists.

Pike, who shot to fame in 2002 as a Bond Girl, has been cast as Hector's long-term girlfriend. Plummer will appear as a UCLA professor who is a leading guru for Happiness Studies. Plummer's 60-year acting career includes many hits on stage, in movies and on TV, plus an Oscar for best supporting actor at age 82. 

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