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Hugh Grant has signed on to star in Marc Lawrence’s untitled romantic comedy for Castle Rock Entertainment.
The film, which will begin shooting in April in New York, marks the fourth collaboration for Grant, Lawrence and Castle Rock. The pair also teamed with the production company on Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics and Did You Hear About the Morgans?
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The screenplay, penned by Lawrence, centers on Ray Michaels (Grant) who in 1998 was on top of the world — a witty, sexy Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Academy Award for best screenplay. Fifteen years later, he’s creatively washed up, divorced and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favors of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn’t expect to find is romance with a single mom who has gone back to school.
Martin Shafer will produce the romantic comedy alongside Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock.
No distribution deals have been inked yet.
Grant, who has starred in more than 50 films during the past two decades, next will be seen in Cloud Atlas.
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Lawrence wrote and directed Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics and Did You Hear About the Morgans? and has written several other films including Miss Congeniality and Forces of Nature.
Castle Rock’s recent credits include Richard Linklater’s Bernie, released by Millennium Entertainment; Friends With Benefits, distributed by Screen Gems; and Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, released by Sony Pictures Classics.
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