Steve Carell’s latest foray into the world of the dramedy comes in the form of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. The newly released trailer for the film, out 22 June, introduces us to a world that knows it is going to end. Similar in premise to Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, the film deals with how people react to the knowledge that their time on earth is coming to an unexpected end.
Carell plays a man in the middle of life, whose wife leaves him after the pair hear on their car radio that an asteroid is headed for earth, leaving human kind just three weeks to live. In the midst of watching his friends and co-workers deal with the impending doom in a variety of ways—everything from throwing a party every night to auctioning off the coveted position of CFO—Carell finds respite in his charming neighbor, played by Keira Knightley. Before long, the two decide to band together to help each other fulfill their last wishes—his to reunite with “the one that got away” and hers to see her family one last time. From the looks of the trailer, it seems that the pair encounter quite the adventure along the way, and that the impending asteroid might not be the only thing that’s falling hard…
The film is penned by Lorene Scafaria, previously known for her screenplays (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and small acting parts, with Seeking a Friend for the End of the World marking her directorial debut. Based on the trailer, the film look like a dark comedy, one that manages to find the levity in even something so serious as the impending apocalypse, and to maybe, just maybe, make you think about your own life along the way.
Take a look at the trailer for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and share your thoughts on this up and coming comedy, due out in June.