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Shooting begins on Simon Pegg and Lake Bell rom-com Man Up

Story by Jack Foley

PRINCIPAL photography began yesterday (Monday, January 20, 2014) on Man Up, a romantic comedy starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell.

Described as a romantic comedy about taking chances and rolling with the consequences, the film also stars 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).

It is directed by Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners Movie) and written by Tess Morris. Shooting will take place in London over the next six weeks.

The story follows Nancy (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 (Pegg) mistakes her for his 24-year-old blind date.

In a moment of uncharacteristic optimism, 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.

Big Talk’s Nira Park says of Man Up: “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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