Simon Pegg recently confirmed that he will play the title character in the upcoming adaptation of Francois Lelord’s Hector and the Search for Happiness. The dramatic comedy is being adapted by Peter Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay, and will feature the Shaun of the Dead actor as an eccentric London psychiatrist in crisis because his patients are getting happier.
He’s going nowhere.“ the press release said of the character. “Then one day, armed with buckets of courage and an almost child-like curiosity, Hector breaks out of his sheltered vacuum of a life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists. More importantly, if it exists for Hector. And so begins a colorful, exotic, dangerous and hysterical journey.”
The news was announced at the Cannes Film Festival by The Solution Entertainment Group. Pegg will begin shooting after he finishes The World’s End, a collaboration with his frequent partner Edgar Wright.
Chelsom said that he put a lot of thought into casting Peg for the part.
“I’ve been searching long and hard for a film that would bring me back to my European sensibilities,“ Chelsom said. “Not unlike Being There and Forrest Gump, ‘Hector’ is a contemporary love story, a fable wrapped around a very human hero’s journey. Nobody does the innocent abroad better than Simon Pegg: he is not only a brilliant comedian but a very touching actor. He is the Hector that you want to follow to the ends of the earth.”
Chelsom is best known for Shall We Dance?, Funny Bones, Hear My Song, and most recently Hannah Montana: The Movie.
View the official summary below:
“Can we learn how to be happy? Hector is a successful young psychiatrist. He’s very good at treating patients in real need of his help. But many people he sees have no health problems: they’re just deeply dissatisfied with their lives. Hector can’t do much for them, and it’s beginning to depress him. So when a patient tells him he looks in need of a holiday, Hector decides to set off round the world to find out what makes people everywhere happy (and sad), and whether there is such a thing as the secret of true happiness.”
The book, which was published on August 31, 2010 has received very well by critics since its release. Marie Claire called it, “Intelligently naïve.” with BookPage calling it, “Utterly charming . . . Hector and the Search for Happiness turns psychological research into a fast-paced, enchanting story. Lelord himself is a psychiatrist, and his interest in the human mind is infectious. . . . Fans of Eat, Pray, Love and The Elegance of the Hedgehogwon’t want to miss this gem of a book.”
There is no word yet on when the project is projected to be released or who else will accompany Pegg in the cast.