Director David Frankel has begun principal photography on the big-screen drama "Collateral Beauty," starring Will Smith, Edward Norton and Keira Knightley.

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Also featuring Michael Pena, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren, the New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures production is scheduled for theatrical release Dec. 16.

"When a successful New York advertising executive experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way," a synopsis said.

Frankel is directing from an original screenplay by Allan Loeb.