J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliot Board Martin Shafer's Untitled Comedy
Castle Rock Entertainment
March 27, 2013
J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott are both set to join writer/director Marc Lawrence’s new untitled romantic comedy, producer Martin Shafer announced today. They will join the previously-announced Hugh Grant, Marissa Tomei, Bella Heathcote and Allison Janney.
In 1998, Ray Michaels (Grant) was on top of the world -- a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later, he’s creatively washed up, divorced, and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favors of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn’t expect to find is romance with a single mom (Tomei) who’s gone back to school.
Simmons will portray Dr. Lerner, Chairman of the University’s English department, a family man who takes Michaels under his wing. Elliott will portray Jim, a Shakespeare professor and next-door neighbor to Michaels, in search of that certain someone.
The film will begin shooting in New York in April. Shafer will produce with Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock Entertainment.