Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and the End of the World: Three Great Tastes That Taste Great Together?

I'll admit it: I groaned a bit when word first broke that Steve Carell and Keira Knightley were set to play opposite each other in a romantic comedy set against the end of the world. Knightley, I dreaded, would be reduced to playing May-December arm candy to Carell in her first non-heavy project since Bend it Like Beckham. But as the first trailer for Lorene Scafaria's Seeking a Friend for the End of the World demonstrates, maybe I shouldn't have worried so much. Maybe.

Carell and Knightley play neighbors who set out on a road trip to find their respective loved ones before the world ends after an asteroid is discovering hurtling towards Earth. Scafaria, who penned the zingy hipster romance Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, makes her directorial debut working from her own script, and from the looks of things this could offer unexpected sorts of laughs, not to mention the rare comic turn by Knightley.

That said, Carell seems to be pulling his straightlaced shtick yet again, and Knightley's afghan-wearing Brit veers dangerously toward manic pixie dream girl territory; will her carefree ways open up his stuffy world view? Will she help him find his way to his high school sweetheart's arms, only to find she's fallen in love with him? I hope not. I hope End of the World surprises me. At least we'll get Melanie Lynskey, Patton Oswalt and Gillian Jacobs to add some colorful bits along the way.

Verdict: Tentatively going along for the ride.

[via Yahoo]


  • Patrick Hallstein says:

    I'm okay with it, SO LONG AS the asteroid DOES end up hitting the planet. It's not about hating the characters; but just feel that if the asteroid is going to serve to get everyone with a strong touch of geek to expand the live it up, the asteroid shouldn't be denied. How fool are you to make a donkey asteroid out of Mother Nature?

    • j'accuse! says:

      What are you smoking?

      • Patrick Hallstein says:

        It's all good. The asteroid was due to hit the planet, but just as it was about to, Knightley presumed to ask, "Great asteroid, you helped make my life complete, and fair is fair. But before satiating your own glory, wouldn't you like to first try on my afghan? It's a bit small, but it did me good service and bet would suit you fine ... it must be real cold out in space." The great, normally indifferent asteroid, wasn't so cold not to respond to this civil gesture, and sat for tea, scones, and some silly girlish chatter. A city was still squashed, but a planet saved.

  • Sophie says:

    Great cast. Looks fun. If Kiera and Steve kiss, I might puke.

  • Sophie says:

    * Ooopsy -I meant Keira. I before E still gets me at times.

  • Gung Ho says:

    Too bad "Apocalypse, CA" already had the exact same plot......

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  • Looking forward to reading more. Great article. Awesome.