Helen Mirren in Talks to Join Will Smith in ‘Collateral Beauty’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Helen Mirren is in early discussions to join Will Smith in the New Line Drama “Collateral Beauty,” sources tell Variety.

David Frankel was recently announced as the director of the film following the departure of helmer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who departed the pic earlier this fall.

Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros are producing along with screenwriter Allan Loeb. PalmStar CEO Kevin Frakes and Anthony Bregman are also producing.

The story follows a New York advertising exec (Smith) who experiences a deep personal tragedy. His colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, which ends up backfiring. PalmStar and Likely Story acquired the rights to the script in June, with PalmStar fully financing.

Production is expected to start at the beginning of 2016 in New York.

Mirren can currently be seen in “Trumbo” opposite Bryan Cranston where she plays famed gossip columnist, Hedda Hopper. She was also recently seen in “Woman in Gold” as well as “Eye in the Sky,” which premiered in Toronto and will bow next spring with Bleecker Street distributing.

She is repped by CAA.

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