Kendrick Joins Mcavoy, Rogen in Cancer Comedy; Levine to Direct

Jonathan Levine has come on to direct Mandate Pictures’ now untitled cancer comedy, which will star James McAvoy and Seth Rogen. Also joining the film is Anna Kendrick, a recent Golden Globe nominee for her turn in Up in the Air.

The project, previously titled I’m With Cancer, was to be directed by Nicole Holofcener, who dropped out in November. Levine’s credits include The Wackness and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.

Principal photography starts next month in Vancouver. Mandate International will commence pre-sales in Berlin in February.

Kendrick will play a psychologist assigned to a young man (McAvoy) who learns he has cancer. The character is based on the real experiences of screenwriter Will Reiser.

Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Ben Karlin are producing. Reiser is executive producing along with Mandate president Nathan Kahane. Mandate’s Tendo Nagenda is co-producing.