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Hugh Grant's Return to Rom-Com, Untitled Marc Lawrence Film, Goes Into Production UPDATE

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 17, 2013 at 1:06PM

Principal photography has begun in New York on Marc Lawrence's yet untitled romantic comedy, starring Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott.
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Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant

Principal photography has begun in New York on Marc Lawrence's yet untitled romantic comedy, starring Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott.

The film centers on a "witty, sexy Englishman in Hollywood" (Grant -- who else?) who is now past his prime and takes a job teaching screenwriting on the East Coast. He finds romance with a single mom (Tomei), while Simmons and Elliott will play a university English department chair and Shakespeare professor, respectively.

Hugh Grant in 'Cloud Atlas'
Hugh Grant in 'Cloud Atlas'

It's been a few years since we've seen Grant in his rom-com wheelhouse. 2009's terrible "Did You Hear About the Morgans," co-starring Sarah Jessica Parker, was his last foray into the genre. The Wachowskis had fun disguising the Brit actor in myriad ways in last year's "Cloud Atlas," though that didn't aid the film's performance at the domestic box office. With this new romantic comedy, and rumors of "Bridget Jones' Baby" on the way, Grant is returning to familiar territory.

Lawrence is best known for penning the hugely successful "Miss Congeniality" films in the early 2000s, and has worked with Grant twice before, directing him in "Two Weeks Notice" and "Music and Lyrics."

Castle Rock Entertainment is producing.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.