Baruchel, Byrne pick 'Daisies' roles


Jay Baruchel and Rose Byrne have signed on to star in "Pushing Up Daisies," an indie black comedy being directed by Chaz Thorne for Trilogy Entertainment.

Written by Thorne, "Daisies" centers on a young man (Baruchel) who inherits a funeral parlor only to find that the business is dying — because nobody in town is. He teams up with a young embalmer (Byrne) to turn the business around, and the two of them leave a trail of suspicious deaths in their wake.

Shooting begins today in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

John Watson, Pen Densham and Neil Kaplan are producing via Trilogy, whose credits include "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys." Standing 8 Prods. also is producing.

Thorne is a Canadian actor-turned-writer whose first feature script, a boxing drama titled "Poor Boy's Game," starring Danny Glover, just wrapped principal photography.

Baruchel starred on television's "Just Legal" and "Undeclared" and appeared in the feature "Million Dollar Baby." He next appears in the Weinstein Co.'s "Fanboys" and Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up." He is repped by CAA, Thruline and Jamie Feldman.

Byrne, best known as Brad Pitt's love interest in "Troy," recently completed principal photography on "28 Weeks Later" for Fox Atomic. She appears in Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette." Byrne is repped by CAA.