Actor Simon Pegg has closed a deal to star in the wordily titled Hector and the Search for Happiness, for Serendipity and Shall We Dance director Peter Chelsom, according to Variety.
Tinker Lindsay and Chelsom are adapting the Francis Lelord novel, which centres on a London psychiatrist, who goes on a global quest when his patients can’t find happiness.
The British born Peter Chelsom commented, “I’ve been searching long and hard for a film that would bring me back to my European sensibilities. Not unlike Being There and Forrest Gump, Hector is a contemporary love story, a fable wrapped around a very human hero’s journey. Nobody does the innocent abroad better than Simon Pegg: he is not only a brilliant comedian but a very touching actor. He is the Hector that you want to follow to the ends of the earth.”
It’s not certain exactly when the movie might shoot.