In Lorene Scafaria’s apocalyptic comedy “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”, Keira Knightley plays Penny, an impulsive young woman who befriends her upstairs neighbor Dodge (Steve Carell) as a huge asteroid hurtling towards Earth portends the end of the world as we know it. While Knightley has made a name for herself in swashbuckling and literary period pieces, the filmmakers relished the chance to show off Knightley’s lighter side.
Producer Steve Golin enthuses, “Keira is a lot of fun to watch as Penny. She is well known for making movies set in different time periods, so playing a funny modern girl –– in sneakers! –– is a fresh turn for her.”
Writer / director Scafaria agrees, noting that Knightley is “so damn funny” in the film. At the same time, Knightley fills out her character, making her both real and funny.
Producer Mark Roybal points out, “There’s a profound depth Keira brings to Penny even when her character’s behavior is whimsical, spontaneous, or flighty. There’s a light in her eyes that reflects her inner light, which is why Penny is Dodge’s beacon.”
Indeed, throughout her career, Knightley has continually exceeded others’ expectations, demonstrating a depth of character that has left audiences wanting more.
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