After a couple of years in which he's appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek Beyond, and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Simon Pegg is set to head in a slightly different direction.
The British star is to play a schizophrenic music industry veteran in Lost Transmissions, the feature debut from Katharine O'Brien.
Announced Tuesday, the film will follow Hannah, a shy songwriter, who discovers her friend, respected record producer Theo Ross, has lapsed on his medication for schizophrenia. Hannah rallies a group of friends to help commit Theo to a psychiatric facility, chasing him as he outruns his colorful delusions through the glamor and grit of Los Angeles. From the highs of rock and roll to rock bottom, this is a story of the unsung heroes behind the hits.
Pulse Films, the growing banner that helped produce American Honey, The Witch, All These Sleepless Nights and Beyonce's Lemonade, is backing the project, which is based on a script by O'Brien, who wrote SXSW 2015 bower The Automatic Hate and has directed a number of award-winning shorts.
Pulse Films' Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa will produce and Brian Levy will executive produce. Craig Newman from ATC Management will co-produce, with Alvaro Valente as associate producer.
"At Pulse we've always been about discovering and championing new filmmakers and therefore we're super excited about Katharine and her debut film," said Benski. "We are genuinely excited that we will be bringing this remarkable true story to life with Katherine O'Brien and the incredibly talented Simon Pegg."
UTA Independent Film Group are representing the domestic rights on the project.
Pegg is represented by UTA and Dawn Sedgwick Management. O'Brien is represented by Pulse Films and Danny Passman at Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown.