Casting: Pegg, Firth, Hudson, Cullen

Hector and the Search for Happiness
Simon Pegg will lead Peter Chelsom’s adaptation of Francois Lelord’s novel “Hector and the Search for Happiness”. The schedule aims for Pegg to shoot the film once he wraps Edgar Wright’s “The World’s End”.

Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay penned the script which follows the story of an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis — largely because his patients are just not getting any happier — who decides to go on his own quest to find a smile. [Source: THR]

Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Colin Firth has signed on to star as actor, director, playwright and singer Noel Coward in a new comedy drama “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” at BiteSize Entertainment.

The story follows Noel’s two weeks at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas in 1955, when he performed for huge crowds. [Source: The AP]

Jennifer Hudson, Amy Adams and Garrett Hedlund have joined the cast of Andrew Levitas’s ensemble film “Lullaby” which begins shooting in New York in June.

Hedlund plays a man who receives word of his estranged father’s decision to take take himself off life support in less than 48 hours. Richard Jenkins, Jessica Brown Findlay and Terrence Howard also star. [Source: Digital Spy]

Last Days on Mars
Tom Cullen (“Weekend”), Elias Koteas (“Shutter Island”) and Johnny Harris (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) have all been added to the cast of Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi horror “Last Days on Mars”. Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams and Romola Garai also star.

Based on a short story by Sydney J. Bounds, the story follows a group of astronauts on an exploratory mission to Mars who discover colonies of bacteria living deep within the permafrost which infects them. Shooting will happen in Jordan and the UK. [Source: Variety]