Celia Imrie has been set to co-star in Year By The Sea, the adaptation of Joan Anderson’s bestselling memoir that stars Karen Allen as the author hoping to reclaim who she was before marriage and children. The story centers on Joan’s retreat to Cape Cod where she embarks upon a quest to set herself free. That’s where she meets Joan Erikson (Imrie), a free-spirited matriarch and hippie with thrift-shop eccentricity who exudes resilience and inner strength. Imrie most recently appeared in Fox Searchlight’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and her film credits include Bridget Jones’ Diary and Calendar Girls. She is repped by TCA/Jed Root, Magnolia Entertainment and United Agents in the UK.
Sam Richardson, now a series regular on HBO’s comedy series Veep, is joining 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates. He will star opposite Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza and Adam Devine in the comedy, which Jake Szymanski is directing. Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien wrote the script, based on the Craigslist ad that went viral when two brothers took to the personal ads in search of wedding dates and find ones that are even bigger messes than they are. Richardson plays the fiance, who is well-dressed and genuinely nice but who is a bit unadventurous. He is so focused on the wedding going smoothly that he gets on his soon-to-be’s nerves. He is repped by Levity Entertainment, Innovative Artists and Jackoway Tyerman.
Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska join the cast of The Connection helmer Cedric Jimenez’s Nazi drama HHHH. It begins shooting in August and centers on the ascension of “Reich protector” Reinhard Heydrich (Clarke), who was assassinated by resistance paratroopers (O’Connell) and (Reynor) to become the highest-ranking Nazi officer killed during World War II. Pike will play Heydrich’s wife Lina. The screenplay is based on Laurent Binet’s novel and was adapted by David Farr, Audrey Diwan and Jimenez.