J.K. Simmons, Chris Elliot Board Untitled Hugh Grant Comedy

Marc Lawrence is writing and directing the untitled comedy featured Hugh Grant as a screenwriter who becomes a college professor after his Hollywood career takes a dive

J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott are joining Marisa Tomei and Hugh Grant in Castle Rock Entertainment's untitled romantic comedy from director Marc Lawrence ("Did You Hear About The Morgans?"), producer Martin Shafer announced on Wednesday.

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The film follows Grant as a screenwriter who, thanks to an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, was on top of the world in 1998. Flash forward fifteen years later: His creativity has disappeared along with his wife and money, so he takes a gig teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. He expects to make some easy money and maybe find some easy co-eds, but doesn't predict falling in love with a single mom, played by Tomei, who has gone back to school.

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Grant's character expects to make some easy money and maybe find some easy co-eds, but doesn't predict falling in love with a single mom, played by Tomei, who has gone back to school.

Simmons ("Juno," "Spider-Man") will portray Dr. Lerner, the Chairman of the University’s English department who takes Grant's character under his wing.

Elliott ("There's Something About Mary") will portray Jim, a Shakespeare professor and next-door neighbor to Michaels, in search of that certain someone. 

Bella Heathcote and Allison Janney are also starring in Lawrence's fourth feature, which will begin shooting in New York in April.  Liz Glotzer is producing with Shafer for Castle Rock Entertainment. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales for all foreign territories.