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Krasinski, Rudolph join Mendes film

Cheryl Hines to co-star in untitled Focus comedy

John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph will star in Sam Mendes’ untitled relationship comedy for Focus Features.

Cheryl Hines has signed on to co-star.

Film follows an expectant couple (Krasinski, Rudolph) as they travel the country in search of a place to put down roots and raise a family.

Author Dave Eggers penned the screenplay with his wife, editor-novelist Vendela Vida.

Shooting is scheduled to start in April in Connecticut.

Ed Saxon is producing alongside Big Beach’s Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf.

Krasinski will next be seen opposite George Clooney in the period sports comedy “Leatherheads,” which opens April 4. He made his feature directorial debut with the upcoming indie “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men,” which he adapted from David Foster Wallace’s novel.

Film credits for Rudolph, a long-running cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” include “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Idiocracy.” She and Krasinski previously teamed for voice work in “Shrek the Third.”

Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) recently wrapped her feature directorial debut with the indie “Serious Moonlight,” from a screenplay penned by the late Adrienne Shelly. Her upcoming film acting credits include “Henry Poole Is Here” and the animated “Space Chimps.”

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