Sci-Fi 'Dramedy' "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World" Co-Starring Derek Luke In Theaters 4/20/12

by Vanessa Martinez
December 28, 2011 6:20 PM
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This is a film I've been curious about since it was profiled on the site back in May, when it was about to go into production. Helmed by Lorene Scafaria, Focus Features' apocalyptic comedy-drama Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World opens in theaters on a limited release April 20th, 2012.

The film, about two neighbors (played by Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley) who go on a road trip together after an asteroid hits the earth, will co-star Derek Luke as Keira Knightley's love interest. All we know about Luke's character so far is that he is, "an Army man who wants her to join him in a bomb shelter."

The full synopsis reads, "Set in a too-near future, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World explores what people will do when humanity’s last days are at hand. Can one man find his greatest love at the worst possible time? As the respective journeys of Dodge (Mr. Carell) and Penny (Ms. Knightley) converge, the two spark to each other and their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten."

Since the lead characters go on a journey in search for their significant others (Carrells' Dodge is in search of his high school sweetheart, and Knightley's Penny  goes after Luke's character?); does that mean that, there's a high probability these leads (Dodge and Penny) will wind up falling for each other instead? It's likely.

Anyways, I'm intrigued about how Luke's character has been developed, and if we will see an actual romance between Knightley and him; since he's her love interest in the film. Will his race and/or interracial romance element be relevant to the film? It may very well not be, and his part might be rather small.

Sooo, we'll see...

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  • Nia | January 1, 2012 8:58 PMReply

    I think Keira Knightley is so bland as an actress. Domino is unforgivable even if it was a biopic. Atonement was saved by Saoirse and James McAvoy. So I have a bit of trepidation about the casting off the bat, but I love Derek Luke! I hope he has a meaningful part he's quite talented. I would love to see him in a classic role.

  • James Dane | December 29, 2011 10:28 PMReply

    So far, I've been very nervous when I hear talks of the world ending. I decided to to purchase Survive 2012. I can finally rest easy at night!

  • Micah | December 29, 2011 1:40 AMReply

    The premise sounds entertaining. It might be a bit too quirky and clever for a huge box office return. I think Derek Luke has potential to be a leading man in action films. What does everyone else think?

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