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Thesp trio’s in a ‘Good’ mood

Paltrow, Freeman, Pegg sign on for 'Night'

A correction was made to this article on Oct. 10, 2005.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Martin Freeman and Simon Pegg will take roles in “The Good Night,” a $15 million romantic comedy written and to be directed by Paltrow’s brother, Jake Paltrow.

Pic’s set in New York but will shoot mainly at London’s Ealing Studios. Shooting starts Nov. 7, with a few days of New York lensing scheduled for January.

Donna Gigliotti is producing the film, which is fully financed by L.A.-based sales company Inferno Distribution, , the three-year-old outfit run by Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel.

Wry comedy concerns a man’s search for perfection in a world where life rarely measures up to the idealized images that constantly bombard us.

Freeman, who came to fame in the original Brit version of “The Office” before graduating to the bigscreen with “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” will play a former pop star now reduced to writing advertising jingles amid an early midife crisis.

Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead”) and Paltrow will play supporting roles.

Femme lead has yet to be cast. The part is a dual role as the object of Freeman’s romantic interest takes on a very different, idealized form in his fantasies.

With the main cast resident in London, and Freeman in particular keen to stay close to home for family reasons, the decision was made to shoot at Ealing.

Gigliotti has plenty of experience making movies in Blighty, several of them starring Paltrow, including “Emma,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “Possession.” Shooting in London also means “The Good Night” will benefit from U.K. tax breaks.

Inferno has pre-sold U.K. and Spanish rights to Momentum Pictures. Johnson will produce, with Seibel taking an exec producer credit.

“The Good Night” is Inferno’s fourth movie of the year but the first it has fully financed. The other three are the New Line pic “Just Friends,” “Peaceful Warrior” and Richard Kelly’s “Southland Tales.” Next up is “Chaos Theory,” co-financed with Warner Independent Pictures and Castle Rock.

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