Duo join Helms, Heche in Fox Searchlight film

Sigourney Weaver, John C. Reilly and Alia Shawkat are joining Ed Helms and Anne Heche in “Cedar Rapids,” the Fox Searchlight comedy to be directed by Miguel Arteta. Shooting has begun.

Script’s by Phil Johnston, who developed the comedy with Helms, who plays a sad-sack insurance agent who goes to an industry convention to try and save the jobs of his colleagues.

Weaver plays Helms’ former seventh-grade teacher. She next appears in the James Cameron-directed “Avatar” and also wrapped “You Again” for Disney and “Paul” for Universal. Reilly just wrapped “The Extra Man,” and Shawkat recently finished “The Runaways.”

Alexander Payne is producing.

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