Steve Carell & Keira Knightley Make Nice in ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’

The end of the world doesn’t seem like ripe material for a romantic comedy, but here goes: In Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley star as strangers who maybe — just maybe — find themselves in similar straits after it’s announced that an asteroid will collide with the Earth. Accompanying by a ringing indie rock soundtrack and a delightfully morbid string of jokes, they’ll attempt to navigate the waters of dreams deferred and unresolved midlife crises while trying to avoid thinking about the fiery rock above them. Of course, there’s no indication that Carell and Knightley will fall for each other — in fact, she seems to be trying to reunite him with his long-lost love. But you know how these things are, and frequently go.

This will be the directorial debut of Lorene Scafaria, who previously wrote the unfortunately titled/existing Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. In case her reputation throws you off, don’t worry: the trailer looks fun and snappy, filled with enough in-the-now comedy actors like Patton Oswalt and Community‘s Gillian Jacobs to make the end of the world seem like it might not be so bad, after all. (Until the fire and the death, of course.) It’s out on June 22.

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