She joins a bumper cast that already includes Anna Kendrick, Mandy Patinkin and Jim Parsons

Kate Hudson is the latest big name to join Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff’s follow-up to Garden State.

As well as directing the film and co-writing the script, Braff will star as Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor who reluctantly agrees to home-school his father’s two young sons. “The result,” Braff teases, “is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own.”

The film secured some of its budget through Kickstarter contributions and Braff’s funding campaign has recently attracted controversy. However, this hasn’t stopped him attracting an impressive cast that already includes Anna Kendrick, Jim Parsons, Homeland‘s Mandy Patinkin and Braff’s former Scrubs co-star Donald Faison.

Now Hudson – fiancée of Muse frontman Matt Bellamy – has signed up to co-star as Braff’s wife. “The character of Sarah (my wife) needs to be pretty, funny, believable as a mother of two children ages 5 and 12 and an actress who’s skilled at both comedy and drama,” Braff wrote on the film’s Kickstarter page. “Backers, I am honoured and excited to introduce our leading lady: Kate Hudson.”

Braff will begin shooting Wish I Was Here in LA this August (2013). It’s the former Scrubs star’s first film as director since 2004’s Garden State, a quirky comedy co-starring Natalie Portman that has now become a cult favourite. The film’s soundtrack, which featured songs by Coldplay, The Shins and Nick Drake, all hand-picked by Braff, went on to win a Grammy.