Showtime has found an actor to replace the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in its comedy project “Happyish,” tapping Oscar nominee Steve Coogan to fill the role, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
The pay-cable channel ordered a new pilot with Coogan, following the death earlier this year of Hoffman, who suffered an apparent drug overdose, the story reports. While the network had originally picked up 10 episodes of “Happyish” with Hoffman, the project had only filmed the pilot at the time of Hoffman’s death.
After signing up Coogan, who has starred in “Philomena” and “Alan Partridge,” the project will go back to the pilot stage and start production in New York in December, the story notes. It’s not clear whether any of the original “Happyish” cast will return.
The original cast included Rhys Ifans as the main character’s boss and mentor, while Kathryn Hahn starred as the character’s wife.