J.K. Simmons, Chris Elliott Join Hugh

Director Marc Lawrence adds two to the cast of untitled Castle Rock romantic comedy

J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott have booked roles in the new untitled romantic comedy written and directed by Marc Lawrence and toplined by Hugh Grant.

Thesps join a cast that already includes Marissa Tomei, Bella Heathcote and Allison Janney. Storyline centers on a Brit scribe (Grant) who, long after his Hollywood heyday, gets a job teaching screenwriting at a small East Coast college. Although he’s there to notch a few co-ed conquests in his belt, it’s the single mom played by Tomei with whom he shares unexpected romantic sparks.

Simmons (‘The Closer,” “Spider-Man”) will portray the chair of the university’s English department, while Elliott (“Get a Life,” “Everybody Loves Raymond”) is on board as a Shakespeare professor.

Projects marks the fourth team-up between Lawrence and Grant, who have also worked together on “Two Weeks Notice,” “Music and Lyrics” and “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” New film begins shooting in New York next month.

FilmNation Entertainment is on board to handle sales for all territories outside the U.S.

The project is produced by Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock Entertainment, whose recent projects include Richard Linklater’s “Bernie” and Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress.” They also exec produced Linklater’s “Before Midnight,” now gearing up for a screening as part of next month’s Tribeca Film Festival.

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