While we’ve been excitedly waiting for Kill Me Three Times to premiere in April, Simon Pegg has taken on a polar opposite role in Man Up.
Nancy (Lake Bell) is done with dating. 10 times bitten, 100 times shy, she’s exhausted by the circus. So when Jack (Simon Pegg) blindly mistakes her for his date, no one is more surprised than her when she does the unthinkable and just goes with it. It’s going to take a night of pretending to be someone else for Nancy to finally Man Up and be her painfully honest, awesomely unconventional self… but will Jack also Man Up, and be able to get over her duplicity? Best just to let the evening unfold, roll with the consequences, and see if one crazy, unpredictable, complicated night can bring these two messy souls together.
The trailer shows a pretty run-of-the-mill romantic comedy setup, with Simon Pegg playing the lovable leading man (Jack). Lake Bell’s character, Nancy, ends up in possession of a book that’s supposed to be the cue for someone else’s blind date. Of course, this book serves as a catalyst to bring Nancy and Jack together, and Nancy decides in the moment to just roll with the misunderstanding. Romance and comedy ensue as she eventually has to explain to Jack what happened and why she wasn’t honest with him. Because we all know the best relationships start off with lying about yourself, right?
It seems Pegg is dabbling in a bit of everything these days. While Man Up doesn’t look like it will be one of his greatest hits, it will most likely satisfy romcom fans and those of us with a lingering crush on him from Star Trek or the Cornetto Trilogy.
Man Up premieres May 29 in the UK. No US release date has been announced.