EXCLUSIVE: Hot off her critically acclaimed comedy In A World…, Lake Bell is set to star opposite Simon Pegg in Big Talk Productions and Studio Canal’s Man Up. The romantic comedy centers on single gal Nancy (Bell), who’s mistaken for a stranger’s blind date en route to her parents’ anniversary, leading to her finally finding the perfect boyfriend. Tess Morris penned the script which made the 2011 Brit List, a UK-centric riff on the Black List. Pegg and Nira Park will produce Man Up for their Big Talk banner (Shaun of the Dead, Attack the Block) and have set British TV and film helmer Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners, The Inbetweeners Movie) to direct. Filming begins in January. Bell recently shot Disney’s 2014 sports drama Million Dollar Arm with Jon Hamm and is currently filming the thriller The Coup with Owen Wilson. She also lends her voice to Fox’s March 2014 animated pic Mr. Peabody & Sherman. On the small screen Bell recently appeared on Season 4 of Childrens Hospital and directed four episodes of the Adult Swim comedy series. August release In A World… marked Bell’s feature writing and directing debut and nabbed her Sundance’s Waldo Salt screenwriting award. Bell is repped by UTA and Burstein Company. Palmer is repped by WME and Independent Talent Group in the UK.
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