Actress to star in romantic comedy; Lee Kirk to direct

Jenna Fischer will topline romantic comedy “The Giant Mechanical Man,” which writer/director Lee Kirk begins lensing later this month in Detroit.

Topher Grace, Malin Ackerman and Chris Messina also star. Fischer is producing alongside Molly Hassell, Michael Nardelli and Brent Stiefel.

Offbeat romantic comedy revolves around two outsiders; a misunderstood street performer (Messina) and the soft-spoken zoo worker who falls for him (Fischer). But the zoo worker’s sister (Ackerman) pushes her to date a pompous motivational speaker (Grace).

The U.K.’s Stealth Media will sell international rights, while Graham Taylor’s indie group at WME is repping North American. WME also packaged the pic’s cast.

“There are so many great projects out there which never make it to the silver screen. We’re thrilled that this indie film, which is a completely unique and interesting story gets to be told,” said Hassell, whose also is producing Amy Heckerling’s upcoming “Vamps” with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films.

Kirk, who is Fischer’s husband, comes from a theater background. Stage credits include critically acclaimed play “Sad Happy Sucker.” Film credits include short “The Man Who Invented the Moon” and indie pic “Pants on Fire.”

Fischer (“Blades of Glory,” “Solitary Man”) stars in NBC hit sitcom “The Office.”

Grace will next be seen in “Kids in America,” which he also produced. He is currently shooting the HBO movie “Too Big to Fail.”

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