Ewan McGregor to star in new rom-com directed by Peter Capaldi

And rom-com veteran Kate Hudson is in talks to star opposite him

Ewan McGregor is to star in a new romantic comedy film directed by Peter Capaldi.

Capaldi has also written the screenplay for the film, which is titled Born To Be King. The Scottish actor-director, 54, is perhaps best known for playing sweary spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in BBC’s The Thick Of It.

According to Variety, Born To Be King centres on the daily battle between the male and female leads on a film set. When an extra arrives bearing an uncanny resemblance to the male star, the situation becomes even more fraught.

McGregor will play the extra, while Kate Hudson – partner of Muse frontman Matt Bellamy – is in talks to play the female lead. Hudson is something of a rom-com veteran, having previously starred in genre favourites like Bride Wars and How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.

The film is set to begin shooting at the start of 2013 in Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire. It will be Capaldi’s first film as director, though he has called the shots on several TV projects, including acclaimed BBC hospital sitcom Getting On.