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Ewan McGregor, Kate Hudson for Peter Capaldi-directed comedy

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Ewan McGregor has signed on for the upcoming romantic comedy Born To Be King.

The Thick of It actor Peter Capaldi will direct the project from his own screenplay, with Kate Hudson in talks to join.

Ewan McGregor - Coltrane's fellow Scot - star of hit movies including the Star Wars prequel trilogy and Moulin Rouge, is 41 on Saturday.

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Peter Capaldi

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The mistaken identity comedy centres on a film extra (McGregor) who looks very similar to a famous movie star, and a Hollywood actress (Hudson) who clashes with her co-star and falls in love with the extra.

"Born to be King exemplifies the type of high-quality product Indomina aims to bring to the international marketplace," said distributor Indomina's Stephanie Denton.

"Peter's screenplay seamlessly weaves the story of the film within the film. It's an exciting, entertaining, and genuinely funny project. Ewan and Kate are the perfect on-screen pair to bring this story to life."

The project will begin shooting at the UK's Pinewood Studios in January 2013.

Elaine Collins, Alexandra Stone and Dan Lupovitz will produce the film, while Ron Fogelman and William Parente will executive produce.

Ewan McGregor has also signed up for heist thriller Son of a Gun.

Peter Capaldi will star in an hour-long edition of The Thick of It on Saturday, October 20 at 9.45pm on BBC Two.

Watch Ewan McGregor in a trailer for The Impossible below:

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