AFM 2012: Ewan McGregor, Kate Hudson Team for Romantic Comedy 'Born to Be King'

Kate Hudson Ewan McGregor Split - H 2012
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Kate Hudson Ewan McGregor Split - H 2012

Peter Capaldi will direct from a screenplay he wrote.

Ewan McGregor has signed on to star in Peter Capaldi’s mistaken-identity romantic comedy Born to Be King, and Kate Hudson is in negotiations to play the female lead.

Capaldi wrote the screenplay, which revolves around a film extra (McGregor) who has an uncanny resemblance to a movie star and a Hollywood starlet (Hudson) who’s at war with her co-star and begins to fall for the extra.

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Indomina Releasing will handle worldwide sales rights to the film and will begin shopping to buyers at the American Film Market next month.

Born to Be King exemplifies the type of high-quality product Indomina aims to bring to the international marketplace,” said Stephanie Denton, Indomina’s head of international sales and distribution. “Peter’s screenplay seamlessly weaves the story of the film within the film. It’s an exciting, entertaining and genuinely funny project. Ewan and Kate are the perfect onscreen pair to bring this story to life.”

The film will begin shooting in January at Pinewood Studios in the U.K.

Alexandra Stone and Dan Lupovitz will produce the film. Ron Fogelman and William Parente will executive produce. Elaine Collins is set to co-produce.

Denton and Indomina’s Rob Williams negotiated the deal with Lupovitz and Stone. Denton will lead the sales efforts on behalf of Indomina. In addition to Born to Be King, Indomina’s international sales slate includes the comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything, starring Simon Pegg.

Hudson next appears in Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, opposite Liev Schreiber and Kiefer Sutherland and currently is guest-starring in six episodes of the Fox series Glee. She is repped by CAA and attorney Marcy Morris.

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McGregor is in production on John Wells' adaptation of August: Osage County opposite Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. He soon will star alongside Naomi Watts in Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible, a drama based on a true story of one family’s terrifying account of the 2004 tsunami. He is handled by UTA, United Agents U.K. and attorney Robert Offer.

Capaldi won an Oscar for his short film Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life.