Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Sacha Baron Cohen Reportedly Returning To Write, Produce, Star In & Direct The Freddie Mercury Biopic Sacha Baron Cohen Reportedly Returning To Write, Produce, Star In & Direct The Freddie Mercury Biopic Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Watch: Explore The Loneliness Of Sofia Coppola's Films With This Supercut Watch: Explore The Loneliness Of Sofia Coppola's Films With This Supercut 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Trailer For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Unrated Blu-Ray Edition, Will Also Feature An Alternate Ending Watch: Trailer For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Unrated Blu-Ray Edition, Will Also Feature An Alternate Ending New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Rosamund Pike & Christopher Plummer Join Simon Pegg In 'Hector And The Search For Happiness'

The Playlist By Joe Cunningham | The Playlist September 8, 2012 at 5:15PM

We may be finally getting some more (and hugely exciting) casting update on Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s “The World’s End,” but for a while the only other name confirmed was Rosamund Pike (“Die Another Day,” “Jack Reacher”). Well, Pike must have got the Simon Pegg bug because she’ll be reuniting with him very soon after the Wright film finishes shooting, on the set of the indie flick “Hector and the Search for Happiness.”
0
Rosamund Pike Christopher Plummer

We may be finally getting some more (hugely exciting) casting updates on Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s “The World’s End,” but for a while the only other name confirmed was Rosamund Pike (“Die Another Day,” “Jack Reacher”). Well, Pike must have got the Simon Pegg bug because she’ll be reuniting with him very soon after the Wright film finishes shooting, on the set of the indie flick “Hector and the Search for Happiness.”

Peter Chelsom (“Hannah Montana: The Movie,” “Serendipity”) co-wrote the script and is also directing the adaptation of a Francois Lelord novel. Pegg, who signed on to lead the project during Cannes, will play a psychiatrist who searches the globe for the secret of happiness and Pike will star as his girlfriend. Also joining the cast is last year’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer as a UCLA professor who is a leading mind in the field of happiness studies.

We’re going to go ahead and assume there’s a good script behind this project to be able to attract the kind of talent it has. Sure Pegg makes some bad calls every so often (this year’s “A Fantastic Fear of Everything” for example), but Pike is coming off a hot streak of high-profile films after “Wrath of the Titans” and "Jack Reacher," and Plummer’s probably got a good selection of roles to pick from after that Oscar boost. It’s one to keep an eye on, but for the moment at least it’s going to be one that stays in the shadow of "The World's End." Read the film's full synopsis below. 

Hector is an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis: his patients are just not getting any happier! He’s going nowhere. Then one day, armed with buckets of courage and an almost child-like curiosity, Hector breaks out of his sheltered vacuum of a life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists. More importantly, if it exists for Hector. And so begins a colourful, exotic, dangerous and hysterical journey!

[Screen Daily]

This article is related to: Hector And The Search For Happiness, Simon Pegg, Christopher Plummer, Rosamund Pike


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates