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Richard Dreyfuss and Colm Feore join Shelagh McLeod's Astronaut

Richard Dreyfuss in Jaws

Story by Jack Foley

HOLLYWOOD legend Richard Dreyfuss is to star in space-bound drama Astronaut.

The film marks the debut of long-time British TV actress Shelagh McLeod and will find Dreyfuss playing a lonely widower who battles his family, ill health and time to win a competition for a golden ticket to space.

The ensemble cast further includes Colm Feore, Lyriq Bent, Krista Bridges, Richie Lawrence, Graham Greene and a cameo appearance by Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?).

McLeod wrote and directed the film, which was shot a little way north of Toronto in December last year.