Shepard among Uni's 'Baby' names


Dax Shepard has signed to co-star in Universal Pictures' comedy "Baby Mama," joining Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Sigourney Weaver.

Written and directed by Michael McCullers, the film centers on a single woman (Fey) whose desire to have a child and keep her career leads her to hire a surrogate (Poehler).

Shepard stars as Carl, the philandering husband of Poehler. When Carl tries to scam the surrogate, it brings the two women together.

Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn are producing through their Michaels Goldwyn banner. Jill Messick is executive producing.

Shooting is scheduled to begin this month.

Shepard will next be seen in "Smother," a comedy co-starring Liv Tyler and Diane Keaton. His credits include "Let's Go to Prison," "Employee of the Month" and "Zathura." He is repped by Endeavor, Mosaic and attorney Jamie Feldman.