New poster for Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

Steve Carell and Keira Knightley make an unlikely couple

A first poster has debuted for quirky apocalypse comedy Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley seeking solace in friendship as a massive asteroid looms large.

The film casts Knightley and Carell as a pair of loners who form a connection during humanity’s last days. As they find themselves growing closer, things look a little brighter for them, if not for the species as a whole!

The story begins with Carell’s wife running out on him in a panic. Receiving a letter from his high-school sweetheart saying she wants to be with him at zero-hour, he sets out on a road trip to rejoin her. However, his neighbour (Knightley) ends up coming along for the ride, which complicates matters somewhat…

The new poster sums up the charm of the film’s oddball premise perfectly, with Carell looking buttoned down and awkward opposite Knightley’s bright-eyed girlishness. And there’s a cute dog, which always helps.

The film is the directorial debut from Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist writer Lorene Scafaria, and also stars the likes of Adam Brody, Patton Oswalt and Melanie Lynskey.

Like your romances cutesy, but with the looming prospect of imminent death thrown in to spice things up? Then this could be the one for you. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World is released in the US on 22 June 2012, with a UK release date yet to be confirmed.

Quirky or irritating? What's your verdict on this one?


    • Hadouken76

      Feb 9th 2012, 9:04

      So its 'The Sure Thing' with an asteroid. I wonder if Knightley will play a posh person or an upper-class person, such is her range, it could be anything.

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    • trist808

      Feb 9th 2012, 11:05

      What if she plays a posh upper-class person instead? Really push her range out there? Go on luv, give it a try :)

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    • YorksProp

      Feb 9th 2012, 14:28

      I think she's going for 'kooky posh'. She's wearing converse, only kooky girls wear converse. It'll be a massive change for her lol

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    • Murphy0806

      Feb 9th 2012, 17:18

      Still not sure what I think of her performance in A Dangerous Method. It was bizarre. Fair play for going all out with such a physical performance though. A lot of actresses wouldn't have gone near it. No wonder her next film is a more light hearted affair.

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    • badger86

      Feb 9th 2012, 20:07

      @Murphy0806, I have the same issue. She irritated me early on, but i thought her performance developed well throughout, and i agree that her physicality in the film should be applauded, but it's likely to be overshadowed by the stunning work of Fass, Viggo, and Cassel (who really stood out for me). The above just sounds like a rom-com melancholia.

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    • Murphy0806

      Feb 9th 2012, 20:28

      The problem I had was that it just seemed like I was watching Keira Knightley acting rather than the character. Might have suited a lesser known actress a little better to make it more believable. Not saying her performance was bad (apart from the accent slipping occasionally, there wasn't much more she could have done). Anyway, I'm not sure about this one. Seem's to be coming off the back of (like you said) Melancholia and also others like Another Earth and (to a lesser extent) Take Shelter. Also it's hit and miss whether a writer can successfully make the transition to director. I'm not saying it can't work but there have been some really bad examples. David Koepp and Frank Miller to name just two.

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 10th 2012, 3:42

      I see they've added a couple inches to Carell's height.

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    • AbAeterno

      Feb 10th 2012, 6:36

      I'm down for a happy Melancholia. Steve Carrel is always fun to watch.

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