May 27, 2009

Rogen, Pegg to co-star in ‘Paul’

Universal Pictures and Working Title Films say Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman and Kristen Wiig have been cast in the new comedy Paul.

Bill Hader and Jane Lynch have also signed up for roles in the movie, which is to be directed by Greg Mottola. Mottola's film credits include Superbad and Adventureland.

Rogen, who had a supporting role in Superbad, will play the title character's voice in Paul.

Pegg and Frost, who previously collaborated on Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, co-wrote the screenplay for Paul and will serve as the film's leads.

In the comedy adventure, Pegg and Frost play two sci-fi fanatics on a road trip whose conspiracy dreams come true when they encounter an escaped alien near Area 51, the companies said in a news release. As they try to reunite him with his mother ship, they find Paul has many more opinions than your typical E.T.

The film is set to begin principal photography next month.