Six new pals for Focus’ ‘Friend’

Carell's pre-apocalyptic laffer rounds out cast

Connie Britton, Patton Oswalt, Rob Huebel, Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller and Melinda Dillon have joined the cast of Focus Features’ pre-apocalyptic comedy “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” which starts production this week.

Other thesps joining the Steve Carell-Keira Knightley pic include Roger Aaron Brown (“The District”), Tonita Castro (“The Sarah Silverman Program”), Mark Moses (“Desperate Housewives”), Bob Stephenson (“Jericho”) and Gillian Jacobs (“Community”).

William Petersen, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Derek Luke and Lindsay Sloane were already in negotiations to join the ensemble, as first reported by Variety.

Lorene Scafaria (“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) is writing and making her directorial debut with the film, which explores what people do when humanity’s last days are at hand and whether Carell’s character can find love at the worst possible time.

Mandate Pictures and Indian Paintbrush are teaming to produce and finance “Seeking a Friend.” Lionsgate is handling international sales.

Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Joy Gorman will produce with Steven Rales and Mark Roybal of Indian Paintbrush. Mandate’s Nathan Kahane and Nicole Brown will exec produce, while Kelli Konop and Indian Paintbrush’s Jeff Sommerville serve as co-producers.

Focus and Indian Paintbrush are also teaming on Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” Studio next releases Mike Mills’ dramedy “Beginners,” Lone Scherfig’s romancer “One Day,” John Madden’s espionage thriller “The Debt” and Dee Rees’ Sundance drama “Pariah.”

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