'How I Met Your Mother' Star Josh Radnor to Direct Lionsgate's Sci-Fi Film 'The Leaves' (Exclusive)

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Josh Radnor

The actor, who made his feature directorial debut with the 2010 Sundance breakout 'Happythankyoumoreplease,' is not expected to star in the film.

Josh Radnor has signed on to direct Lionsgate/Summit's sci-fi drama The Leaves.

Landing the job is a coup for the How I Met Your Mother star, given that the movie is a bigger-budget project with special effects and he has worked mostly in the comedy space, both on TV and in film.

The actor is best known for playing Ted Mosby on the long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother. But he also has been busy pursing a career behind the camera. He made his writing and feature directorial debut with the 2010 comedy drama Happythankyoumoreplease, for which he won the Sundance Audience Award and was nominated for the festival's Grand Jury Prize. Radnor followed that film up with 2012's Liberal Arts, which he wrote, starred in and directed (it also premiered at Sundance).

The Leaves centers on a young man who must fight to convince the love of his life that they are soul mates when he, as the result of an accident in India, ends up in a parallel universe where she has no idea who he is. Christopher Kyle and Kevin J. Walsh wrote the screenplay, and Radnor penned a subsequent draft.

The film is currently casting up, but, in a departure for Radnor, he is not expected to appear in the film. Gotham Chopra (Bulletproof Monk) and Carla Hacken (Hell or High Water) are producing.

Radnor currently plays Dr. Jedediah Foster on PBS' period drama Mercy Street.

He is repped by UTA and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.