Toni Collette joins Sam Mendes project


Toni Collette will star alongside John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph in Sam Mendes' upcoming relationship comedy for Focus Features.

Collette will play a college professor and close family friend of a couple (Krasinski and Rudolph) canvasing the country to find the best place to raise their unborn child. She's convinced that their kid will end up dysfunctional no matter where it's raised.

Dave Eggers wrote the script with his wife, novelist Vendela Vida. Ed Saxon and Big Beach's Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf are producing.

Cheryl Hines also will appear in the untitled feature, which is set to begin filming this month in Connecticut.

The project reunites Collette with Turtletaub and Saraf, who last joined forces for another character-driven road comedy, "Little Miss Sunshine." It also gives Focus another chance at a hit with the trio four years after it came close to producing “Sunshine.”

Collette is repped by Endeavor and Shanahan Management.

Gregg Goldstein reported from New York; Borys Kit reported from Los Angeles.