1:48 AM PDT 5/12/2017
 Alex Ritman

‘Breaking Bad’ star Giancarlo Esposito has also boarded the film, being introduced to buyers in Cannes.

Whoopi Goldberg has signed on to star in Shriver, joining Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church in the comedy about mistaken identity. Giancarlo Esposito (Okja, Breaking Bad, Maze Runner: The Death Cure) has also been added the cast.

Content Media has acquired sales rights to the ensemble-led comedy and will be introducing the project to buyers for the first time in Cannes. Additional cast are expected to join the project in the coming weeks.

Shriver tells the story of a loner mistaken for a renowned but reclusive author. He suddenly finds himself the center of attention at a writer’s conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the book written by the real author. Shriver takes on the mistaken identity while sparking a romance with the English professor who runs the conference. He is about to pull it all off when the real Shriver appears leading to fantastic comedic crescendo.

Michael Maren (A Short History of Decay) directs from his own screenplay, based on the novel by the same name written by Chris Belden.

Producing the film are Thruline’s Josh Kesselman (Death at a Funeral, Ashby, A Few Best Men) and Alfred Sapse (A Short History of Decay).

Shriver is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to begin shooting later this year.