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Carell, Kinnear, Collette to star in 'Sunshine'

Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette are set to star in “Little Miss Sunshine,” a road-trip comedy to be financed by Big Beach.

Pic will be produced by Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger and David Friendly.

Bought as a spec with a script by Michael Arndt, the comedy marks the directing debut of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

Filming begins June 6 in L.A., and Big Beach controls all distribution rights.

Pic is about the cross-country journey in a VW bus of a family bent on getting an 8-year-old to the finals of a beauty pageant.

Big Beach is a Gotham-based company founded by Turtletaub, Saraf and Jeb Brody, the latter of whom will be involved in a producing capacity. Company’s mission is to finance features and docus, and among its first batch of films is the Liev Schreiber-directed adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel “Everything Is Illuminated.”

Dayton and Faris are prolific makers of commercials and videos by the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Smashing Pumpkins.

Carell just wrapped “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and is toplining NBC’s “The Office.” Kinnear will next be seen in “Bad News Bears.” And Collette has completed “In Her Shoes.”

Arndt is adapting “Carter Beats the Devil” for Robert Towne and Cruise/Wagner at Paramount.

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