James McAvoy Joins Cancer Comedy

British hunk James McAvoy (“Atonement,” “Wanted”) has joined the cast of the untitled cancer comedy (previously titled “I’m With Cancer”) for Mandate Pictures says the trades.

McAvoy stars as a 25-year-old who learns he has cancer and battles it over several years. The story is based on the real experiences of screenwriter Will Reiser who was diagnosed with the disease around the same time.

Seth Rogen has a role in the film and will produce alongside Evan Goldberg and Ben Karlin. Shooting kicks off in January with Nicole Holofcener (“Walking & Talking,” “Friends With Money”) directing.