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‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ Star Cobie Smulders Joins Comedy ‘Songbird’ (Exclusive)

12 January 2017 5:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cobie Smulders, who starred with Tom Cruise in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” and also appeared in “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” is to lead the cast of British comedy “Songbird,” alongside Jessica Hynes, who appeared in “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and was the co-star and co-writer, with Simon Pegg, of cult TV comedy “Spaced.”

“Songbird” is the fourth feature from writer/director Jamie Adams (“Black Mountain Poets,” “Benny & Jolene”), and is produced by Noel Clarke and Jason Maza for Unstoppable Entertainment, which had a U.K. hit last year with “Brotherhood.” Maggie Monteith at Dignity Film Finance is backing the project, which started to shoot this week on location in western England.

The supporting cast includes Clarke (“Brotherhood,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness”), Ian Smith (“Sweat the Small Stuff,” “Popatron”), Laura Patch (“Star Stories,” “Life Begins”), Holli Dempsey (“Dad’s Army,” “Derek”) and Emily Atack (“Dad’s Army, »

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