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McGregor and Hudson Topline Capaldi Backstage Comedy 'Born To Be King'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 18, 2012 at 2:50PM

Scottish writer-director-actor Peter Capaldi ("In the Loop") has landed Ewan McGregor and is in talks with Kate Hudson to star in his mistaken identity backstage comedy "Born to be King." The film will shoot at Pinewood Studios in January. Indomina's Stephanie Denton is handling foreign sales at the American Film Market.
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Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor

Scottish writer-director-actor Peter Capaldi ("In the Loop") has landed Ewan McGregor and is in talks with Kate Hudson to star in his mistaken identity comedy "Born To Be King." The film will shoot at Pinewood Studios in January. Indomina's Stephanie Denton is handling foreign sales at the American Film Market.

McGregor will play dual roles as an extra who resembles a major movie star during the shooting of a period film. Hudson would play a starlet who has issues with the star but likes the extra.

Capaldi, who won an Oscar for his short film "Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life," promises a film that is "artful and magical" and "entertaining."

Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson

Los Angeles producer Dan Lupovitz, who has been nurturing the project for two years, calls Capaldi's orginal screenplay a "full out bells and whistles comedy." McGregor and Capaldi have been compatriots and pals for years, and Hudson was Capaldi's first choice, says Lupovitz, because of her superb comic skills.

Lupovitz will produce with Alexandra Stone. Ron Fogelman and William Parente will executive produce. Elaine Collins will co-produce.
 
Hudson stars in Mira Nair’s upcoming "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," opposite Liev Shreiber and Kiefer Sutherland, and is guest-starring in six episodes of "Glee."

McGregor stars in fall Toronto entry "The Impossible," opposite Naomi Watts and  is currently in production on John Wells' adaptation of “August: Osage County” opposite Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.  In 2013, McGregor will star in Warner Bros. "Jack the Giant Killer," directed by Bryan Singer.

Capaldi has starred in four series of the cult political satire, "The Thick of It" and directed comedy series "Getting On" and, most recently, BAFTA-nominated "The Cricklewood Greats."

This article is related to: IN THE WORKS, Independents, Ewan McGregor, Kate Hudson, Peter Capaldi, AFM


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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.