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Jessica Alba, Romany Malco and Verne Troyer have signed on to join Mike Myers in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment's "The Love Guru."

Paramount also has slotted the comedy for a June 20 release.

The film, which marks Myers' first original character since Austin Powers, will begin shooting next month in Toronto.

Myers will play Pitka, an American who was left at the gates of an ashram in India as a child and raised by gurus. He moves back to the U.S. to seek fame and fortune in the world of self-help and spirituality, specializing in settling intimacy issues between couples.

His unorthodox methods are put to the test when he must settle a rift between star hockey player Darren Roanoke (Malco) and his estranged wife. After the split, Roanoke's wife starts dating the star member of a rival team, sending her husband into a major professional skid -- to the horror of the team's owner, Jane Bullard (Alba), and Coach Cherkov (Troyer).

Marco Schnabel, who served as second unit director on "Austin Powers in Goldmember," will helm from a screenplay penned by Myers and Graham Gordy.

Myers and Michael De Luca are producing, while Donald J. Lee Jr., Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber are executive producing.

Alba recently reprised her role as Sue Storm in "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer." She next stars in the romantic comedy "Good Luck Chuck" with Dane Cook and the thriller "The Eye" for C/W Prods.

She is repped by Endeavor, Thruline Entertainment and attorney Warren Dern.

Malco most recently co-starred in the hit comedies "Blades of Glory" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."

Troyer teamed with Myers on the second and third installments in the "Austin Powers" franchise, playing Mini-Me.


Tatiana Siegel writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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