Principal photography began on MAN UP, a romantic comedy about taking chances and rolling with the consequences. One night, two people, on a first date like no other…
MAN UP stars SIMON PEGG (The World’s End) and LAKE BELL (In a World), the additional cast includes Rory Kinnear (Broken), Olivia Williams (Hyde Park on Hudson), Sharon Horgan (‘Pulling’), Harriet Walter (Atonement), Ken Stott (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys). MAN UP is directed by Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners Movie) and written by Tess Morris.
The forthcoming comedy is a BIG TALK PICTURES production and will be distributed by STUDIOCANAL in the UK. MAN UP is produced by Nira Park and James Biddle with executive producers Matthew Justice, Simon Pegg, Rachael Prior, Dan Cheesbrough, Danny Perkins, Jenny Borgars, Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer. The film is financed by STUDIOCANAL and BBC FILMS. Shooting will take place in London over the next six weeks.
Meet Nancy (Lake Bell): 34, single (still), hung-over (again), and exhausted by the endless futile set ups foisted upon her by well-meaning but clueless friends. As she travels across London to toast another 10 years of her parent’s blissfully happy marriage, 40 year old, freshly-hatched divorcee Jack (Simon Pegg) mistakes her for his 24 year old blind date. In a moment of uncharacteristic optimism (or insanity?), Nancy decides to just go with it… What follows is a chaotic, unconventional, hilarious night neither of them will ever forget. There will be drinking, there will be home truths; there will be an old classmate with a long-standing crush and stalker tendencies. There will be lost divorce papers, lost hopes, competitive indoor sports and an epic venue-to-venue urban triathlon. Oh, and the small matter of Jack finding out that Nancy isn’t actually his real blind date. MAN UP is a romantic comedy about being yourself… or perhaps not being yourself. It’s about taking chances, making decisions and rolling with the consequences.
Big Talk’s Nira Park says: “I’m delighted to get this exceptional script into production and with such an exciting cast, headed up by the hugely talented Lake Bell as Nancy and my long time collaborator, Simon Pegg as Jack. I fell in love with these characters from the first read, and I know audiences will as well. There is so much warmth, wit, and heart-breaking honesty in their uniquely modern love story – these are two very relatable characters, whose experiences have insulated them against the idea of a fairytale, happy ever after, who despite their disillusionment, stumble across it nonetheless.”
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