Keira Knightley & Steve Carell Are Friends at the 'End of the World'

March 31, 2011
Source: Deadline

Kiera Knightley / Steve Carell

We've seen plenty of epic depictions of the end of the world, but a new film will focus more on the relationships that crumble and blossom in the face of our destruction. Even more interesting is the duo involved with the project as Deadline reports Steve Carell and Keira Knightley will star in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. The story kicks off when humanity learns that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth and will almost certainly destroy the entire planet. Carell plays a man sitting in the car with his wife when they hear on the radio that the last attempt to destroy the asteroid has failed. Then, his wife just runs out on him.

When all seems lost at the end of the world, the man's neighbor (Knightley) gives him a letter (sent to her house by mistake) from his high school sweetheart who wants to spend their last moments on Earth together. The neighbor offers to drive him to the woman's house and of course they bond and develop a relationship along the way. Sounds kind of dark and touching all at the same time. What has me the most interested in this film is the pairing of Carell and Knightley, two talents I never would have thought to put in a film together. Lorene Scafaria (writer of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) will be in the director's chair for the first time working from his own script, so I hope he can pull of this intriguing story. What do you think?

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  • dave
  • Anonymous
    Carell and Knightley? Epic...epic, EPIC!
  • Ben
    You spelt Keira wrong in the title and article. This project sounds great though!
    • You know, I thought it was supposed to be spelled that way, but Deadline had it spelled the wrong way, and I went with it. Anyway, thanks for pointing that out. It's been fixed.
  • This was already made in a short film called Forever is not so long, you can watch it right here
    • Fort
      Wow that short was kinda intense. The acting wasn't a 10 but it was well executed. If the movie is in the same vein, I think it should be pretty good.
    • Scare S#!tless
      I really liked that short. Agree with Fort, acting is not awesome but very effective. Hope this new flick captures some of the heart of that short story.
  • Leebf
    There was a Canadian film called Last Night. Seems similar, worth checking out if you like the idea of an end of the world film. Was made back in 98 I think.
  • Cody W.
    I like the atmosphere that could be created with the end of the world thing going on. Not a movie focusing on the end of the world but how much different people would act knowing how little time everyone has left. With Carell attached to the main role consider me very very interested.
  • shaun
    I saw that short like a year ago.... what a friggin rip off. IT'S THE EXACT SAME THING
  • Could be solid.
  • frank
    Also pretty similar to Miracle Mile which I actually always had a soft spot for.
  • Frankmckeown
    It does seem like a ripoff of the the short film that was mentioned earlier, except I just watched it and the short kinda sucked.
  • fork
    sad excuse to put random actors together in the name of pseudo-sentimentality...wankers
  • srd
    Sounds like a remake of 'Last Night on Earth', 2004; directed by Giles Daoust




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