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Jay Baruchel to star in projects shooting in Toronto, Montreal

Jay Baruchel, pictured in 2010. John R. Kennedy / Global News

TORONTO — Canadian actor Jay Baruchel has signed on for two new projects — and both will keep him in his native country.

Baruchel is expected to start work this summer in Montreal on a film adaptation of Stephen King’s short story The Ten O’Clock People.

Baruchel, who was born in Ottawa but calls Montreal home, is set to star in and executive produce the big screen thriller, which will be directed by Tom Holland (Child’s Play).

The Ten O’Clock People follows an ex-smoker who returns to his old habit and triggers a terrifying side effect.

Rachel Nichols (Continuum), Robert John Burke (Law & Order: SVU) and Chris Sarandon (Fright Night) will co-star in the film.

The 31-year-old actor, who is back in cinemas Feb. 12 in the made-in-Toronto Robocop reboot, recently starred in This Is The End and Winnipeg-shot Goon.

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Before shooting The Ten O’Clock People, Baruchel will be in Toronto to star in the comedy pilot Man Seeking Woman.

Based on the Simon Rich book The Last Girlfriend On Earth, Man Seeking Woman, the pilot is being produced by Toronto native Lorne Michaels’ company and will be directed by Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia).

Man Seeking Woman is described as a “sweet and absurd” look at the world of dating.

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