Hector and the Search for Happiness starts production

French actor Jean Reno and Toni Collette join the ensemble cast that includes Simon Pegg as a London psychiatrist in crisis.

French actor Jean Reno and Toni Collette have joined the cast of Peter Chelsom’s theatrical comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness, now shooting in Vancouver.

The Canadian-German co-production stars Simon Pegg as Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis.

The ensemble cast includes Christopher Plummer, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård and Veronica Ferres.

The Hector producers are Christine Haebler and Trish Dolman of Screen Siren Pictures and Judy Tossell of Egoli Tossell Film.

The indie is adapted for the screen from the novel of the same name (pictured) by François Lelord.

Executive producers are Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films/Metrol Technology, Jens Meurer for Egoli Tossell Film, and Christian Angermayer and Marc Hansell for Film House Germany.

Entertainment One will release the picture in Canada, which will also shoot on location in London, South Africa and China.

Image courtesy Penguin Canada