Anna Kendrick (Twilight, Up in the Air) has joined James McAvoy and Seth Rogen in Mandate Pictures' new untitled cancer dramedy. It was originally called I'm With Cancer, but the film will be retitled. Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) has also signed on to replace director Nicole Holofcener who stepped down because of location differences in November.
Mandate International will be handling international sales at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
Shooting starts in February in Vancouver - Seth Rogen's hometown.
The new movie finds McAvoy as 25-year-old who is shocked to discover he has cancer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script is based on the real life experiences of Will Reiser, a screenwriter diagnosed around the same age who battled the disease for several years. Kendrick will play a young psychologist assigned to McAvoy's character despite her lack of real life experience.
Seth Rogen also has a role in the film and will produce alongside writing partner Evan Goldberg and Ben Karlin. Reiser, who survived the disease, is executive producing. [HitFix]