Nearly a year on from the sudden death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Showtime has set British actor-writer-comedian Steve Coogan to replace him in the network’s dark comedy “Happyish”.
Hoffman starred in the original pilot for the series which scored a pickup in January, right when Hoffman passed away. Showtime re-evaluated the project in the wake of that tragedy, and have decided to proceed.
A handful of actors were contacted as replacements with Coogan ultimately taking up the mantle. The rest of the cast from the pilot has been released, though co-star Kathryn Hahn has reportedly had discussions to return.
Coogan will play Thom Payne, a 44-year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25-year-old boss arrives and throws around words like ‘digital,’ ‘social’ and ‘viral’. Is he in need of ‘rebranding’ himself?
The project is described as a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness. The new pilot will shoot in New York this December. Ken Kwapis and Alexandra Beattie are producing.